SC says it expects federal govt help Sindh KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday observed that it expected the federal government to play a positive role in providing all possible facilities to the Sindh government to improve working in the provincial police department.
A five-member bench headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali was reviewing implementation of the apex court’s judgement in the Karachi killing suo motu case at the Karachi registry. The other members of the bench were Justices Amir Hani Muslim, Gulzar Ahmed, Faisal Arab and Khilji Arif Hussain.
Attorney General for Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf Ali appeared before the bench to inform it about the steps taken by the federal government to make sure that all possible facilities were provided to the provincial government to equip the police with the latest technology. The bench observed: “We expect that positive role will be played by the Federal Agencies in this regard….”
It further remarked: “So far as the other dimensions of these proceedings are concerned, we expect that at their own initiatives, the concerned quarters will ensure implementation of directions contained in the judgement of this Court in … case reported as Watan Party and another vs. Federation of Pakistan & others (PLD 2011 SC 997).”
The attorney general informed the court that the secretary of the establishment division was inquiring against four senior police officers for their alleged negligence in handling the kidnapping of Advocate Awais Shah, son of the chief justice of the Sindh High Court. He submitted that the four officials had been served with notices to file their respective replies.
Advocate General Zamir Ghumro submitted that the provincial government had allocated Rs10 billion for installation of over 10,000 cameras across the city. However, he said, the task was time-consuming. The advocate general also filed an application for review of the apex court’s earlier order that barred any spending on the maintenance of the already installed cameras in the city.
He said that if the maintenance of cameras was not allowed, the entire expensive infrastructure would collapse, resulting in financial losses to the provincial government.
He said that installation of new high-power cameras would be carried out by hiring a consultant to conduct its technical and financial feasibility, and till the completion of this exercise the non-functional cameras would be made operational through an operation and maintenance contract.
The bench granted the provincial government’s review application and allowed the police and the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation to continue the process of maintenance and operation of the existing infrastructure as per rules till the time a new CCTV camera system was made operational by the Sindh police. Chief Secretary Siddique Memon and the provincial police chief submitted their respective reports on the law and order situation which were taken on record. The chief secretary also placed on record a detailed report of the parole committee.
The court said the reports would be considered on the next date of hearing which would be fixed after summer vacations of the court.