Karachi Registry of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. - File Photo

KARACHI: A special bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on the suo motu case over the violence in Karachi, DawnNews reported.

In latest developments, the Advocate General of Sindh Fateh Malik was ordered to submit a daily report to the court. Similarly the Inspector General Sindh Police Wajid Durrani was ordered to keep the court informed on the situation of law and order and extortion in the city.

Earlier during today's proceeding, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry ordered three DIGs of Karachi police to submit a certificate bearing responsibility to eliminate the practice of extortion from the city. He further warned that the police would be held responsible if there were further reports.

In response to Chief Justice Iftikhar’s remark that the judiciary was fulfilling its responsibilities, counsel for the federal government, Babar Awan said that the parliament was also functional. After which Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani asked why Karachi was not functional as well.

Moreover, to Babar Awan’s statement that 300,000 arms licenses were not issued within a single year, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali reminded him that the assertion was made by his own government’s former Sindh interior minister.

Also during today’s proceedings, IG Sindh Police Wajid Durrani said that the current situation in the city was better than earlier, and that several suspects have been arrested.

On the other hand, Chief Justice Iftikhar said that the law and order situation in the city was worsening. He further added that the Supreme Court was ready to withdraw its suo motu notice on the violence if it was assured in writing of an end to target killings in Karachi.

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