ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court Monday directed the Sindh chief secretary and advocate general to submit comprehensive reply by January 22 pertaining to the implementation of its orders issued for maintaining law and order in Karachi.
Sindh DIG Crime Bashir Memon has been relived from his services by the Sindh government and his services have been rendered at the disposal of the federal government after his statement against his superiors in the court.
During hearing of suo moto case regarding Karachi law and orderand a petition of Senator Haji Adeel vs Raja Muhammad Abbas and others,Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry observed that apex court’s orders in the Karachi law and order case were not implemented despite lapse of a year.
Justice Sheikh Azamat Saeed observed that all the orders of the court must be complied with letter and spirit. Sindh Advocate General Fateh Malik, Chief Secretary Raja Muhammad Abbas and Additional Chief Secretary Waseem Ahmed and IGP Fayyaz Leghari were also present during the hearing.
The bench warned that contempt of court proceeding would be initiated against the authorities concerned, if they fail to provide the details of the measures taken to implement the court orders.
Syed Mehmood Naqvi, a resident of Karachi, who also filed a civil miscellaneous application told the court that Wasim Beater was a constable, who was promoted to the rank of inspector, with the blessing of IG Fayyaz Laghair and Additional Chief Secretary Wasim Ahmed and was considered an ‘adopted son’ of both officers.
“Every policeman in the city is being transferred and posted on his recommendation. He runs ‘gambling den’ and smuggles Iranian petrol and diesel. He provides millions of rupees to senior officers,” Naqvi alleged.
The IGP, the chief secretary and additional chief secretary expressed ignorance on the issuebut DIG Crime Bashir Memon and HyderabadDIG Sanaullah Abbasiadmitted that Wasim Beater was a junior police officer who ‘runsa gambling den’ in Karachi andhad great influence in the police department.
DIG Abbasi said: “I know this criminal. He runs a gambling den in Karachi and I had taken action against him when I was SSP Saddar. “Action should be taken against this criminal who is a very powerful man.
DIG Crime Bashir Memon said: “I got energy from the Anita Turab case and should tell the truth in presence of my seniors that Wasim Beater is present among the rank of Karachi police. I also confirm that he is a very influential person”.
Expressing displeasure over the disclosure, the Chief Justice said: “Why you concealing real situation from the court and misleading it. We appreciate the courage of the officials who spoke truth in presence of their seniors. This revelation suggests why Karachi law and order situation is not improving and the court orders were not implemented.
The chief justice asked the advocate general that did he take any step to depoliticise the police in light of court’s judgment.“Did you ever write us after the judgment to abolish the militant wings in the political parties.”
Naqvi also informed the court that Rizwan Soomro and Riaz Soomro, brothers of Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro,were given out of turn promotions as DSP and SP.
The chief justice asked the officials if they were able to curtail extortionists. The additional chief secretary told the court that extortion had reduced to 10 percent.
Justice Azmat Saeed said: “We don’t think that it has been reduced, but it might be possible that people have given up bringing them in the knowledge of police due to disappointment. Pakistan is our country and Karachi is its economic hub. Please save it.”
Naqvi went on to add that Awais Tappi was involved in illegal maters in the Revenue Department and he was involved in posting of a DSP in Darkhsahn police station in the case of Shahzeb.
The court also directed to provide security to Naqvi and adjourned the hearing until January 22.