KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday questioned the maintainability of a petition of civil rights campaigner through which he sought public executions of terrorists and effective security measures for Karachi Central Jail which housed around 5,200 inmates, with most of them being high-profile, hardened and professional criminals.
A division bench headed by Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh directed the petitioner to forward his argument at the next hearing on the maintainability of the petition.
The petitioner, Rana Faizul Hasan, a civil rights campaigner and secretary general of United Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, filed the petition, pleading the court to order the authorities to carry out public hanging of terrorists. The court was also pleaded to direct the provincial government to take effective measures to secure Karachi Central Jail and clear the megalopolis of weapons.
He submitted in the petition that the government had lifted the moratorium on hangings against the backdrop of cold-blooded massacre of Peshawar school children. Since the execution of death row convicts were being carried out, there was probability of armed attack on Karachi Central Prison, he added.
He recalled that earlier terrorists had built an underground tunnel inside a house in Ghousia Colony near Central Jail which was leading into the jail barracks where high profile prisoners were kept but Rangers’ timely action had foiled the breakout attempt. He told the judges that many high-rise buildings have been raised around Central Prison, posing threat to the security of the prison.
Hence, he requested the court to order demolition of such buildings.
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