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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.

Comments (30) Closed

adnan Nov 03, 2012 03:47pm
I think Sindh govt should take action on MQM first, but how can a govt can take action on itself :)
shahbaz Nov 03, 2012 03:58pm
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 Nov 03, 2012 03:27pm
Yes. Laaton kay bhoot baaton say nahin mantay
pathanoo Nov 03, 2012 06:48pm
"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 Nov 03, 2012 03:25pm
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
HM Nov 03, 2012 07:57pm
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.
AA Nov 03, 2012 01:12pm
Is it another joke with Karachi.....
ding dong Nov 03, 2012 02:11pm
Do you really believe there is a government in Pakistan!
Suraj Nov 03, 2012 02:48pm
Its about time!
wizarat Nov 03, 2012 02:49pm
It is about time, it may already be too late. May be Karachiites can compel the Government to act in the interest of Karachiites.
Ali Nov 03, 2012 03:03pm
Never unless enforced
adam memon Nov 03, 2012 01:27pm
Good news.
Taha Soomro Nov 03, 2012 10:29am
Will Govt of Pakistan follow the orders of SC?
NASAH (USA) Nov 03, 2012 04:47pm
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.
K.A.Muhammad Nov 04, 2012 01:49am
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.
Sajjad Nov 04, 2012 01:26am
Karachi is the main commercial center and if it gets taken over by Taliban then Pakistan economy will strangle to death
Yawar Nov 04, 2012 12:44am
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?
Yawar Nov 04, 2012 12:33am
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.
kirtherkSG Nov 03, 2012 11:52pm
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 Nov 03, 2012 11:49pm
Is law and order supreme court responsibility?
Tariq Nadeem Nov 03, 2012 09:04pm
what do you suggest? let them do what they want?
M. Tariq Soharwardy Nov 03, 2012 04:28pm
The hideouts of extremists in outskirts should be targeted in a massive action
Usman Aziz Nov 03, 2012 10:26am
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 Nov 03, 2012 11:00am
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.
zoxo100 Nov 03, 2012 10:52am
about time-thanks to the great judges
Sam Nov 03, 2012 10:18am
nain tara Nov 03, 2012 10:11am
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 Nov 03, 2012 10:11am
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.
ahmed Nov 03, 2012 10:09am
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 Nov 03, 2012 12:56pm
A very dangerous situation. Is the bullet only answer to end this impasse raising the number of dead with each passing day ?