KARACHI: Supreme Court Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali has expressed dissatisfaction over a report submitted by IG Sindh about Karachi violence remarking the report tantamount to deceiving.
The chief justice while taking up the case for hearing on Monday in Karachi registry remarked, “Conducting investigation and not collecting statistics is the job of police.
The Sindh IG report claimed that crime rate has dropped remarkably in the city. From July 24, 2014 till date extortion cases have declined by 60 per cent, bank robberies 58 per cent, street crimes 20 per cent, 100 per cent in kidnapping for ransom and 69 per cent decrease has been noticed in cases of target killings.
While expressing dissatisfaction over police report, CJP reminded the IG Sindh “all the statistics given in the report related to 2015 when Rangers started operation. The Rangers, police and other agencies have played a joint role in the performance. Tell the court how many target killers have been arretsed in 2015 and how many challans have been presented in the court.
Justice Amir Hani Muslim remarked “give us details in respect of any accused who was arrested and against whom challan was presented in the court”.
The IG Sindh said police were doing a lot of work. “We have arrested 451 proclaimed offenders and all suspects in Safora Goth, Abbas Town and airport attack cases have been rounded up.
Justice Muslim observed, “where the law and order situation stands when 4,000 proclaimed offenders and 2000 terrorists move in the city scot-free but you are saying peace has been restored. There is a list of 47 kidnapping cases and you are saying kidnapping for ransom cases have come dropped”.
The court also said that involvement of police in short term kidnapping has come to fore recently.
“Do you know what a short term kidnapping is? SSP Amir Farooqui has conducted an investigation into short term kidnapping,” the judge observed.
On showing ignorance by IG Sindh, the judge remarked “if you don’t know about short term kidnapping, then you have no right to stay in uniform. Name and addresses of all the persons accused in the cases which have been investigated were available but you don’t lay hands on them. Why you did not apprehend absconding persons,” he said.
The CJP inquired what has been done for arresting the persons released on parole.
Prosecutor General Shahadat Awan told the court that 70 persons were released on parole. Cases of 54 persons among them have been disposed of. 16 cases are pending hearing and 18 accused have been sent to jail.