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Oath-taking ceremony of seven new judges

‘Partial administration hurdle in curbing crime in Karachi’

* SHC CJ says transfer and posting of the police officers and staff’s appointment, transfer and postings will be without any pressure

By Asghar Azad

KARACHI: Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court (SHC) Justice Mushir Alam said on Wednesday that partial administration is the hurdle in curbing crime in Karachi.

“According to reports submitted by the law enforcement agencies (LEAs), including Sindh Police, the partial administration, especially transfers and postings of police officers and staffers, are a big hurdle in curbing crime in Karachi,” he said while taking to journalists after the oath-taking ceremony of seven newly appointed additional judges of the SHC at the court’s committee room.

Alam further said, “The police officers and other LEAs’ reports have been submitted before me on regular basis under the directions of the Supreme Court of Pakistan regarding the Karachi law and order situation suo moto case.”

Replying to a query pertaining to the law and order situation in the metropolis, Alam said, “Highly ranked police officials were presenting the reports on the law and order situation of Karachi regarding directions of the Supreme Court.”

He said law and order situation, especially target killings, could not be curbed until the administration would not be impartial, and transfer and posting of the police officers and staff’s appointment, transfer and postings would be without any pressure.

Alam said: “I believe if impartial administration is ensured and transfer and postings of police officers and staff are regularised and a time is fixed for posting of any officer, then law and order situation could be maintained.”

He said most of the vacant posts of judges in SHC had been filled, while remaining would be filled very soon. He was hopeful of disposing off the cases soon.

“SHC is working to establish a research and development cell, which will work on several issues,” he said and appealed to the human rights activists, representatives of civil society and journalists to support in this regard.

Oath taking ceremony: Alam administrated oath to seven newly appointed judges, including Justice Syed Muhammad Farooq Shah and Justice Farooq Ali Channa, District and Session Judges; Justice Habib-ur-Rehman Shaikh, Justice Aziz-ur-Rehman, Justice Salahuddin Panhwar, Justice Aftab Ahmed Gorar and Riazat Ali Sahar. Several advocates, office-bearers of the Sindh High Court Bar Association and senior lawyers also participated in the oath-taking ceremony.

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