Karachi suo motu: Verdict out

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday announced the verdict in the Karachi suo motu case.

In his opening remarks, the chief justice said Islam is a religion of peace and it places great importance on the life of a human being.

Justice Chaudhry said it was the responsibility of the state to protect the life and property of the people.

He said law and order affects the economic situation of the country.

The chief justice said that the law and order situation in Karachi had worsened after the 90s operation against the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

He said that arrested alleged target killers Ajmal Pahari and Kamran Madhuri had political support.

The Supreme Court (SC) ruled out a ban on the MQM and slammed the Sindh Government for failing to take effective measures against target killings and extortion.

The chief justice quoted reports of intelligence agencies saying that some criminal groups had political backing and that such elements had become part of political parties.

The CJP also said that he was informed by Inspector General (IG) of Police that 40 per cent of the police officials had been recruited on political grounds and said that he was reluctant to act decisively.

The court said that banned outfits including Sunni Tehreek are involved in extortion, while there are allegations of the same offence against parties such as Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Jamat-e-Islami (JI), Awami National Party (ANP) and MQM.

The Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Karachi has also been directed to produce certificates from Deputy Inspector Generals (DIG) on crime control, while local courts have been directed to expedite cases.

The court will only announce a part of the verdict and the rest is expected to be published on the Supreme Court website.

Details from the verdict below:

  • It is the duty of the State to protect and safeguard all these Fundamental Rights including the right to life and liberty as envisaged by Article 9 of the Constitution.
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