The Supreme Court's Karachi registry.—Photo by PPI

KARACHI: The Supreme Court has ordered the Sindh government to take immediate action against all armed groups in Karachi, including the Taliban, DawnNews reported.

In an interim order issued Saturday, the Supreme Court’s bench five-member hearing a case for the implementation of the apex court’s earlier order in a suo motu case related to the law and order situation in Karachi directed the provincial government to arrest all prisoners released on parole and present them before it.

The bench was headed by Justice Anwer Zaheer Jamali with Justices Sarmad Jalal Osmany, Khilji Arif Hussain, Gulzar Ahmed and Amir Hani Muslim as members.

The order, which constitutes eight pages, says that the provincial government should take the issue of the presence of the Taliban in Karachi seriously.

In an earlier hearing on the same case, Justice Jamali had said there were reports of between 6,000 and 7,000 Taliban activists having made their way into the city. The court had then directed Sindh police chief Fayyaz Leghari to submit a detailed report in this regard.

During the previous hearing, Inspector-General of Prisons Zafar Abbas Bukhari has presented to the court a list of 193 convicts and 35 under-trial prisoners who were released on parole since 2003.

Commenting on the report, Justice Jamali has remarked: “This is a very serious issue. It seems a parallel judicial system is being run by the home department and convicts are being released even after their convictions are upheld.”

The bench, in its short order on Saturday, ordered that the 35 under-trial prisoners released on parole be arrested on immediately. It further stated that the police and other law enforcement agencies had failed in providing security to the citizens.

The court also directed the Sindh government to take immediate steps to protect the citizens against targeted killings. Moreover, the court also ordered that all firearm licenses should be computerised within three months and all previous non-computerised licenses be cancelled.

The interim verdict also ordered authorities to take action against illegal unregistered vehicles in the city, directing the government to implement its all of its directives within three months’ time.

TTP gaining strength in Karachi

According to a report published in a local daily on Saturday, the banned extremist outfit Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) are known to be gaining in strength in the metropolis, recruiting family members of target killing victims to boost their numbers. The report states the militant group's objectives in Karachi include killing law enforcement personnel and members of other religious sects (Shia and Bohris) with the help of other banned outfits, and raising funds through robbery and extortion.

The report quotes sources as saying that militants have firmed their grip in several areas of the city, including Sohrab Goth, Quaidabad, Shireen Jinnah Colony, New Karachi Industrial Area, Sultanabad, Manghopir, Baldia Town (particularly Saeedabad), Surjani Town, Qasba Colony, Peerabad, Shah Latif Town and Shah Faisal Colony.

The government has planned a comprehensive operation against the TTP and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) that is expected to be carried out by the Sindh Rangers in the coming days, the report adds.

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November 3, 2012 3:47 pm
I think Sindh govt should take action on MQM first, but how can a govt can take action on itself :)
November 3, 2012 3:58 pm
the people of karachi should join their hands and force the government to implement the ruling. the number of madaras are increasing in our cities, and the authorities are not taking any action.
Aamir Amjad
November 3, 2012 3:27 pm
Yes. Laaton kay bhoot baaton say nahin mantay
November 3, 2012 6:48 pm
"SC orders action against Taliban, armed groups in Karachi." WOW!!! That is all that was needed. Now there will be peace,serenity, brotherhood, kumbaya and every thing will be honkey dory. And, Pakistan will become an example to all the nations of the world. Actually, nothing will happen. The SC is not only toothless but corrupt to the core and politicised and basically irrelevent. If SC is real and honest about justice, try some of the ISI and Military personnel on corruption and abuse of authority and extra-judicail killings. I am sure a lot of them are guilty of it and see if the SC has the courage to sentence them. Till then, SC is irrelevent.
Aamir Amjad
November 3, 2012 3:25 pm
Where is the writ of the state and army. If they cannot protect us then all budgets of the police and army should be abolished
November 3, 2012 7:57 pm
well done ... Supreme court is the only hope of Pakistan. These corrupt politicians are selling the country to thugs and enjoying themselves with the peoples money.
November 3, 2012 1:12 pm
Is it another joke with Karachi.....
ding dong
November 3, 2012 2:11 pm
Do you really believe there is a government in Pakistan!
November 3, 2012 2:48 pm
Its about time!
November 3, 2012 2:49 pm
It is about time, it may already be too late. May be Karachiites can compel the Government to act in the interest of Karachiites.
November 3, 2012 3:03 pm
Never unless enforced
adam memon
November 3, 2012 1:27 pm
Good news.
Taha Soomro
November 3, 2012 10:29 am
Will Govt of Pakistan follow the orders of SC?
November 3, 2012 4:47 pm
Now that the Supreme Court has issue the order to eliminate Taliban from Karachi -- will the authorities comply with this order of SC as well.
November 4, 2012 1:49 am
This is what you call "You Scratch My Back, I Scratch Yours". Remember "Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely", nothing can go wrong in any country without connivance of the Government in Power. Read the Article under the head of "A Somber Eid" appearing in the weekly issue of "Pakistan Chronicle" of November 02, 2012, published from Huston, Texas, USA. In Pakistan, everything is just and fair as long as the Government of the time can hold on to power and position, may it be Political, Ethnic, Sectarian divide. Lastly, Quaid-e-Azam; as quoted by Ardeshir Cawasji in his column appearing in "Daily Dawn" has said, "Every successive government will be worst than its predecessors". Thus, Pakistan has already entered a Dead End Lane. "Allah Pakistan ki hifazat karey", prayed whilst breathing his last; of course, after being assassinated.
November 4, 2012 1:26 am
Karachi is the main commercial center and if it gets taken over by Taliban then Pakistan economy will strangle to death
November 4, 2012 12:44 am
Did you raise this concern when TTP and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi members were mercilessly killing unarmed Shias and Hazaras and beheading kidnapped army jawans and policemen? Did you raise this concern when the TTP shot Malala in the head?
November 4, 2012 12:33 am
I salute the SC's proactive decision. The TTP, Lashker-e-Jhangvi and other common criminals and murderers should not be allowed safe haven anywhere in Pakistan. I wonder what JUI 's and JI's reaction will be to this decision.
November 3, 2012 11:52 pm
what a shameful situation the present government is so impotent that it cannot even provide basic safety to its residents Supreme Court has to issue directives, perhaps all their abilities are directed towards maintaining political alliance and corruption at any cost. Wake up folks before you end up loosing everything in pursuit of so called democracy-- as per basic rule of democracy ruling party PPP is accountable for every sin committed during their term.
P Setra
November 3, 2012 11:49 pm
Is law and order supreme court responsibility?
Tariq Nadeem
November 3, 2012 9:04 pm
what do you suggest? let them do what they want?
M. Tariq Soharwardy
November 3, 2012 4:28 pm
The hideouts of extremists in outskirts should be targeted in a massive action
Usman Aziz
November 3, 2012 10:26 am
the public itself will protest against any such act by the law enforcement agencies as they believe more in these armed groups than police or rangers and it is proved in sawat as well that the public is right in doing so.
Hussain Naqvi
November 3, 2012 11:00 am
Let us hope that Sindh Govt is effecient enough to eliminate these banned organizations and establish peace and harmoney in the Province. Apex court is also expected to keep on persuing the Sindh Govt for immediate prompt action against the terrorists who are presently free to operate targetted killing.
November 3, 2012 10:52 am
about time-thanks to the great judges
November 3, 2012 10:18 am
nain tara
November 3, 2012 10:11 am
Why the news items regarding judiciary are treated like a sacred cow ? In 90% news items regarding judiciary comments are closed. why this special treatment & precaution when you have the authority to moderate the comments.It appears somewhat unfair.
Abdullah Hussain
November 3, 2012 10:11 am
A full army action is the only way to get rid of the undesired elements present in Karachi. The present government has no appetite for such action, therefore the problems will continue until the next general elections. Lets hope that a new government comes into effect only then can the peoples of Karachi may have respite from terror.
November 3, 2012 10:09 am
Who will order an effective operation?? When the ruling parties are involved in such target killings and extortion, then how could they order for other people. First the stake holders of karachi should make themselves free from such activities then only such operations could be effective.
aftab alam khan
November 3, 2012 12:56 pm
A very dangerous situation. Is the bullet only answer to end this impasse raising the number of dead with each passing day ?
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