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A view of the Supreme Court's Karachi Registry. - Photo by PPI/File

KARACHI: Supreme Court’s Karachi registry on Tuesday, while hearing the case over Karachi’s law and order situation, rejected Sindh government’s report and said that even after 13 months the court’s order was not implemented, DawnNews reported.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had taken suo motu notice of Karachi law and order situation after of 306 people were targetedly killed during July and August, 2011.

He had ordered the formation of a review committee headed by Chief Justice of Sindh High Court which was made responsible to prepare a report of the situation.

A five-member bench headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali will hear the case for the three days in the light of the report submitted by the committee.

The hearing was attended by the Additional Chief Secretary for Home, Waseem Ahmed, Additional IG Iqbal Mehmood and Director General Rangers were present in court. However, the court expressed indignation on the absence of the chief secretary.

However, the court showed its displeasure over the absence of Director General Rangers and Chief Secretary Sindh and summoned them in the court by the next day.

Advocate General Sindh, Abdul Fattah Malik submitted the Sindh government’s report regarding the implementation of the decision, which was rejected by the court.

The report stated that targeted killings had claimed 12,000 lives between January and October 2012.

The Advocate General Sindh told the court that criminals come to Karachi from all over Pakistan.

The court inquired about the lack of legislation regarding licensed weapons, to which the advocate general replied that it was impossible to pass legislation in Sindh since it had not been passed in the rest of Pakistan.

Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmani replied that each province was autonomous and had different conditions. Therefore, separate laws could be passed whenever required.

Justice Osmani suggested, while giving his remarks, said that if Inspector General Sindh travelled in Karachi without his security protocol. If the officers required protection squads, then so did the citizens.

The court also inquired the raising of the 50-foot barricades outside Bilawal House, adding that the barriers had not been in constrained by the ordinance for 13 months.

The additional home secretary said that 90 policemen had lost their lives, adding that every day, 20 people were arrested for possessing unlicensed weapons.

Ahmed also said that the offence should be rendered as non-bailable and punishable by 10 years imprisonment.

The hearing of the case will be held for two more days in Karachi’s registry of the SC.

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