A five-member bench of the SC, led by Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali and comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani, Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Justice Gulzar Ahmad, resumed the hearing of suo moto case regarding Karachi’s law and order on Tuesday at Karachi registry of the SC.
Sindh Advocate General (AG) Abdul Fateh Malik presented Sindh government’s report on law and order situation of Karachi to the court.
Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali remarked that the court would not be hearing the case had the report been comprehensive.
“Don't try to please everyone. Lawlessness and killings are on the rise in the city,” he added. “The situation would have been better today had SC orders been implemented”
Sindh Additional Chief Secretary Wasim Ahmad told the court that some 20 people are arrested daily for possessing illegal arms but they get bails from courts. The court remarked this was a bailable offence, the government must make new legislation to prevent it.
The court also inquired why legislation was not made for holding licenced arms in the light of SC decision. The AG said that some stakeholders had objected why such legislation was enacted only in Sindh and not for the entire country.
The situation of all the areas and provinces is not alike and separate legislation can be made for every place, Justice Jamali said. If Nadra had kept data of all the licences issued, it could be ascertained easily who got 20 licences, the court said.
The court observed that a 50-feet-high wall was built outside the Bilawal House but nothing was mentioned in the report about no-go areas in the city. Bilawal House is not located in the no-go area.
The court ordered the authorities to reopen the roads around the Supreme Court which were blocked by police.
Addressing the Sindh inspector general of police, Justice Khilji Arif said, "It has become difficult for children to go outdoors. What protection a common man is having. It is duty of the government to seize criminals. The IG should roam the city without security to get idea of situation. If he feels scared, he should quit his job.”
The court remarked that instead of police officers, it is the common man who needs protection. Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani said guards of police officers misbehave with people. He inquired under which law vehicles in Karachi were bearing Dubai number plates, ordering the authorities to issue notices to the owners of all such vehicles.
The AG said terrorists were flooding to Karachi from all over. The court inquired who is responsible for catching those terrorists, reminding that according to the report of Sindh IG, 1,900 people had been killed in Karachi in 2012. The court expressed annoyance over the absence of representatives of the Sindh chief secretary and the Election Commission.
The court will resume the hearing of the case today.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took the suo moto notice of Karachi law and order situation in August, 2011.