Karachi: 147 target killing cases reported since Jan 1, SHC told
Karachi: As many as 147 cases of targeted killing were reported at different police stations of the city from January 1 to April 19 this year, DIG Investigation told the Sindh High Court on Wednesday.
The court was hearing a petition seeking an inquiry into incidents of targeted killing and violence and asking for an operation for the recovery of illegal weapons in the city.
Filing a progress report on target killings in compliance of the court’s order, DIG Investigation Iftikhar Hussain Tarar submitted that from January 1 to April 19 as many as 75 cases of attack on political activists, 12 of violence related to sectarian issues and 60 other cases were registered and the police arrested a number of culprits involved in the killings.
The DIG submitted that the cooperation of sister intelligence agencies is also being obtained to arrest the fugitives named in these cases, but, he said, most of the culprits are affiliated with political parties and that was why the police faced problems in bringing them to justice. He, however, added that efforts are being made by the Police to arrest the people responsible for violence and target killings.
Regarding the failure in detecting the suspects in target killing cases, DIG submitted that most of the culprits have gone underground to avoid arrest, especially after the arrest of their associates.
However, he said that special teams have been formed to arrest them and the intelligence network of the law enforcement agencies has been working on that. He said that special teams of experienced officers have also been constituted for the sole purpose of arresting the culprits in such cases.
A representative of the Human Right Commission South Asia, Syed Iqbal Kazmi, referring to the target killings of political activists in the city during the last three years, submitted that Article 9 of the Constitution guaranteed protection to citizens.