KARACHI - Supreme Court (SC) has ordered to impound illegal vehicles and conduct survey of state owned land within three months through use of modern technology.
A 5-member bench of SC led by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali resumed the hearing of Karachi law and order case after Eid ul Azha Wednesday in Karachi registry.
The other members of bench are Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani, Justice Amir Hani Muslim, Justice Gulzar Ahmad and Justice Muhammad Akhtar Saeed. Sindh Chief Secretary Rana Ghulam Abbas, Advocate General (AG) Sindh Abdul Fatah Malik, additional chief secretary Sindh Wasim Ahmad and IG Sindh Fayyaz Leghari were also present in the court.
Report on the accused persons who were released on parole during the last five years was presented in the court. It was said in the report that over 300 accused persons were set free on parole.
Justice Amir Hani Muslim observed the lists which contained 150 such accused who were apprehended on the charges of possessing illegal arms and were set free on parole.
Justice Sarmad Jamal Usmani said, “We send the culprits to jail and you release them.” The court position will reduce to nullity this way, court remarked.
Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali remarked no one in the accused persons list deserves to be released on parole. A list containing the name of all accused who have been released on parole so far be presented to us which will be reviewed, he added.
The court ordered it be informed in writing on what grounds the accused persons were set free on parole and it may also be mentioned no other accused except those included in the list has been released.
Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali observed Karachi is back bone of the country but economic situation has deteriorated here due to law and order situation. Unemployment is on rise and the business community is shifting their enterprise from Karachi to other countries. Every second trader is complaining of lack of security arrangement during this regime, he added.
There are reports that 8,000 Taliban are present in Karachi, he remarked. Iqbal Mehmood replied such reports were not in his knowledge.
Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali said this report has been published in news paper and it is not in your knowledge. Rangers and police should submit report in this regard, he directed.
He ordered that vehicles plying without number plates, non custom paid illegal vehicles and motor cycles without number be impounded forthwith because all illegal vehicles are used with reference to crimes. Such vehicles are under the use of influential persons, he added.
He remarked DG Rangers and IG Sindh are presenting all ok report. DIG Traffic and secretary excise and taxation, concerned officials of registration and fitness should appear in the court and present report in regard to illegal vehicles. Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali inquired from Additional IG Karachi Iqbal Mehmood the armed persons shot dead the animals ahead of Eidul Azha but no culprit was arrested.
Additional IG Karachi replied police chased them. Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali directed wireless record of police be presented in the court to know whether police chased them or not.
He observed during the hearing that police officers and personnel who took part in 1992 operation at Karachi and were killed after retirement or their resignation were neither paid any compensation nor were they given the status of martyrs.
Police informed through a report 254 police officers and police personnel who participated in Karachi operation were murdered and compensation was paid to 239 officers while the remaining were killed after their retirement or resignation.
Who will see the cases of those who are killed after their retirement, the court remarked. The court was told that 15 police personnel who were killed were not paid any compensation.
The court ordered for immediate payment of compensation to their family members and presentation of its report before it.
Earlier Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali remarked no courts orders were needed to carry out survey of state lands. Illegal possession of state owned lands is root cause of law and order situation, he added. It was duty of government to protect its land.
Sindh Advocate General requested that a period of one year be given to conduct survey of the land. Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali rejected the request saying geographical information system be put to use for this survey. The survey be completed within three months, he directed.
Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali remarked revenue record was set ablaze deliberately following Benazir Bhutto assassination. How the influential persons will want that survey of state land is conducted, he added.
Advocate General Sindh prayed that contempt of court notice against the chief secretary be withdrawn and the court took back such notices against chief secretary, members of revenue board and director survey and master plan. The hearing of Karachi law and order case was adjourned till today.