SC suo motu: case highlights

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The Supreme Court’s verdict on its suo motu on city violence was reserved on Thursday. During the proceedings, the SC discussed many important points, after Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took notice of the worsening law and order situation in Pakistan’s biggest city and financial hub of Karachi.
– suo motu notice initiated on August 24 as targeted killings continue even in Ramazan.
– Despite being the first party to approach SC for becoming a party in the case, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) joins the case after five consecutive hearings. Former Sindh Advocate General (AG) Dr Farough Naseem and sacked PCO judge of Sindh High Court Qazi Khalid represent MQM.
– Proceedings start on August 29 at SC’s Karachi Registry.
– Sindh High Court Bar Association President Anwar Mansoor Khan prays that the bench proceeds the matter in Islamabad but is refused. Proceedings continue in Karachi on daily basis.
– SC directs provincial and federal governments’ representatives for legislation against extortion and sacrificial animals hide collection.
– On arguments of Babar Awan, CJP observes political dialogue no solution for lasting peace in Karachi. “Political parties should disown criminals within their ranks.”
– CJP praises the role and clear stance of Sindh Inspector General Police and welcomes the Rehman Malik’s statement regarding disclosure of names of target killers and their political affiliations.
– CJP mentions the name of alleged target killer and MQM worker Ajmal Pahari at least three times, asking provincial and federal governments whether they had viewed his confessional statement in which he had admitted getting training from India.
– CJP remarks Article 17 of constitution violated by one party of Karachi. (Article 17 states any person has the right to form political party but not on basis of ethnicity or sect.)
– On September 7, Inter-Services Intelligence’s representative gives in-camera briefing.
– Intelligence Bureau presents report on September 9.
– CJP remarks time has come to inform the people about the realty. “The information coming through intelligence reports and police is horrible and dangerous.”
– Bench discusses the large number of licensed and illegal weapons in the city.
– MQM, Awami National Party, Sindh Bachayo Committee, Awami Tehreek, Sunni Tehreek and Friends of Lyari participate in the proceedings.