What action CM took against those behind hooliganism in court, asks SHC

Karachi: The Sindh High Court directed on Thursday the Sindh Chief Secretary to apprise it of what action was taken by Chief Minister Sindh against the police officers responsible for unlawfully laying siege to the Sindh High Court on the occasion of Dr Zulifqar Mirza’s presence in court and beating up unknown persons and smashing parked vehicles within premises of the court.

A division bench headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah deferred the indictment till Monday of IGP Ghulam Hyder Jamali, Karachi police chief Ghulam Qadir Thebo and other senior police officers over contempt charges.

On May 23, masked and armed policemen had cordoned off the SHC beating up guards of Dr Mirza’s outside the main gate of the SHC building. They smashed parked vehicles and snatched cameras from journalists.

At the outset of hearing, the advocate general Sindh submitted to the bench affidavits filed by IGP Sindh, Karachi police chief and other senior police officer which the court took on record.

AG Abdul Fatah Malik told the judges that he had viewed the footage showing masked man and policemen thrashing persons outside the court. It was quite surprising the way operation was undertaken, he added.

He quoted the incharge of the operation as saying that he had got information about presence of heavily armed persons including two hardened criminals hailing from FATA. Had they tried to nail them at another place they would have burst out firing at police force.

To which Justice Sajjad asked the AG why not they bothered to inform SHC’s Registrar before taking action. AG regretted that it was duty of the officials to bring into knowledge of the SHC’s officials.

AG said the police officers offer unconditional apology and throw themselves at the mercy of the court.

Justice Sajjad remarked that the CM had taken cognizance of the incident to the extent of a statement. Had he punished those responsible for the episode why the court had to intervene and order sacking of police officers, he added.

While putting of the hearing till Monday, the court directed the chief secretary to inform it about what action was taken by the CM against those responsible for the unlawful action. The judges cleared that they would decide at the next hearing whether to frame charge against IG Sindh and other police officers.