Supreme Court of Pakistan has announced its verdict on the Suo Moto notice taken against killings and violence in Karachi. Although the decision was taken on September 16, the court took its time till October 6th to announce the verdict – which is nothing but a set of “observations”.
Here are some observations from the verdict:
- The judgement of Suo Motu Case No. 16 of 2011 consists of 156 pages.
- Supreme Court notes that “.. Provincial Government has failed to perform its constitutional obligations and duties.”
- Jamat-e-Islami, Irfan Ullah Marwat (Pashtun Punjabi Ittehad), Rasool Bux Palijo (Awami Tehrik Party) requested in their petitions to impose a ban on MQM. However, Supreme Court states that it is the responsibility of the Federal Government to decide whether or not to ban a political party.
- It was stated that claims made by political parties, where they disown miscreants, are incorrect.
- Supreme Court observed that more than 5,000 people were killed in Karachi since 2008.
- Confession of Ajmal Pahari, the target killer of MQM, is recorded as part of the Suo Moto verdict.
- Supreme Court raised a question about Ajmal Pahari confession: “what did the Federal Government or the Provincial Government do on the basis of this information”.
- Supreme Court declared that Federal and Provincial governments are failed to protect/enforce Articles 9,14,15,18 and 24 of the Constitution.
Supreme Court has also observed that;
… violence in Karachi during the current year and in the past is not ethnic alone but it is also a turf war between
different groups having economic, socio-politico interest to strengthen their position/aggrandizement, based on the
phenomenon of tit for tat with political, moral and financial support or endorsement of the political parties, who are claiming
their representation on behalf of public of Karachi including components and non-components of Provincial Government/
Supreme Court judgement has failed to deliver anything. It is a mere set of observations where the Court has noticed incompetency of Federal and Provincial governments as well as the Law Enforcement Agencies. However, there is no clear order given to control the situation and no system of checks and balances identified to make sure Karachi remains safe from future violence.
If there were so many complaints against MQM, why Supreme Court has not directed the government to do a thorough inquiry and submit report in a prescribed time frame on the allegations made against MQM.
It is futile to hope that this verdict will make any impact on the situation in Karachi. Peace will prevail as long as MQM is at the right side of government. If they are out of power, they will again turn Karachi into a hell hole.
Supreme Court judgement can be downloaded from here.