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KARACHI, Aug 29: The federal government submitted in the Supreme Court on Thursday that intelligence agencies were required to identify the first and second line leaderships of all criminal groups in different communities in the disturbed areas of Karachi as well as of a hitherto unknown outfit, Muhajir Republican Army, so that action could be taken against them under the law.

This was stated in a report submitted to a five-judge larger bench by Attorney General Munir A. Malik, who had been asked on Wednesday to inform the court about the stance of the federal government on providing assistance to the Sindh government in normalising the situation.

The bench, which comprises Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad Khawaja, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Ather Saeed and Justice Azmat Saeed, is hearing implementation of its judgment in the Karachi law and order case.

The report said the law and order situation in Karachi was in shambles when the present government took over in June. It said the city was confronted with multi-dimensional threats compounded by a rapid increase in population as over a period of time criminal gangs had matured into formidable syndicates by entering into alliances with terrorist organisations.

“Unfortunately, various facets of these syndicates have succeeded in developing political patronage in various forms,” the report said, adding that an “extremely careful and responsible handling is required to disentangle the situation”.

The report suggested that an outright major operation should be avoided in crime-infested Lyari at all costs because “it could open an additional front”. More visible security forces should be deployed in Kutchhi community-dominated areas.

In addition to the existing coordination, the report said, both Intelligence Bureau and Inter-Services Intelligence should identify the first and second tier leaderships of all criminal groups in different communities in the troubled areas. The IB, through technical and communication intelligence, including geo-fencing, should collect evidence about criminal activities of these ringleaders.

Individuals financing displaced persons in Badin or Thatta also needed to be identified. All-out efforts are needed to identify members of the Muhajir Republican Army and take action against them under the law.

The report said the interior ministry had extended full assistance to the Sindh government in utilising the strength of federal institutions, including Rangers, Federal Investigation Agency, National Database and Registration Authority and National Aliens Registration Authority.

It said the office of National Crisis Management Cell had been made functional in Karachi and a director was tasked with managing round-the-clock control room for coordination with the local authorities as well as the NCMC in Islamabad.

The attorney general said the federal government had to be cautious about meddling in the affairs of provinces after the passage of 18th Amendment and there were governments of different political parties at the centre and in the provinces.

At this, the chief justice said there might be governments of different parties, but the constitution was same for them. He regretted that a large quantity of arms and ammunition were being smuggled into Karachi through ports and supplied throughout the country, including Balochistan, but the authorities were sitting like silent spectators. There were reports that about 19,000 containers containing weapons and vehicles had gone missing, he added.

The court came down hard on the Singh chief secretary and the inspector general of police, saying they had failed to discharge their responsibilities to protect the life and property of citizens.

The chief justice got angry when the advocate general said there was a “war-like” situation in Karachi and asked him if he knew what he meant by saying so. “We will not let the democratic system to derail,” the CJ said.

The court directed the advocate general to place on record details of the assistance required from the federal government to restore law and order in the city. It also asked the attorney general and the advocate general to seek instructions from the federal and provincial governments.

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sabtain Aug 30, 2013 10:00am

Whether they like it or do not like it. May it be Federal or Provincial government , the administration of city of Karachi has to be handed over to the Army with article 245 invoked. Sooner they do it, that is better because again they have to do it later. Whether some one likes it or not, it is a stark reality.

A Shocked Pakistani Aug 30, 2013 05:19pm

Shocked and dumbfounded to read this. Aug 30, 2013 07:35pm

What is mean by Muhagir Republicant Army? May Allah protect our beloved country.

Indusonian Aug 30, 2013 08:08pm

It doesn't matter what the govt does. It is already too late, Pakistan is next after the devastation of Syria. Not a single soul in our country see that coming.

bkt Aug 30, 2013 11:20pm

@sabtain: There is no reason to hand over to the army but there is every reason to stop the well known miscreants from extortion activities and land grabbing. Just look at kati pahari and how it has been taken over only in the past 4 years by land grabbers from KP. There is also every reason to arrest political figures who are protecting the criminal elements and to imprison them. And then there is also a need to stop the groups from the KP who are settling extremists in Sindh and to stop the LeJ elements from settling their extremists from South Punjab in Sindh. These groups must be stopped in their own provinces so that the effect is felt in Sindh and in Karachi. And in Karachi those local criminals who have political protection must be dealt with after their political protectors are sent to jail. Once this support from extremist outsiders is removed, matters will start to improve.

irfaniftekhar Aug 31, 2013 12:49am

Every government says the same thing whenever it comes to power that the coffer was empty, the law and order was at its worst and so on. But what did this government did in five years time, see the newspapers, the killing rose from 2-3 to 15-20 daily and the loot of national wealth was at its worst in sixty years. You cannot twist facts by twisting sentences and playing with words.

Ishrat salim Aug 31, 2013 01:34am

ISI is only for external intel and involving them in internal intel should be avoided as we have an equally important external threat from India and Afghanistan etc; it,is the responsibility and duty of IB ( which was kept in dormant state by the previous govt ), CIA, Special branch, FIA, and many others civilian LEAs....these should be strengthen both in terms of personnel, equipment and training on modern lines as there is no replacement of human intel as we speak same language etc; if America in America can use human intel to infiltrate Muslim community, why can't we? That is how America has been able to control risk of terrorism in America after 9/ you get it!

Dawn moderator...why none of my comments have never been printed ? Truth must prevail......pls print.if I am breaking any code of conduct pls clarify so that it may be avoided.

fida sayani Aug 31, 2013 03:39am

@sabtain: IT is a fact that all this started when Army General Musharaf was running the affairs of the country. What is the guarantee that Army Rule in Karachi will be any better. Problem in Pakistan is that all those who matter in the running of the country are corrupt. If only Pakistanis would have paid attention to Mr. Jinnah speeches, this mess could have been prevented. At present Pakistan has reached a point of no return. It is a doomed country.