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May 12 Carnage: SHC Appoints Judge To Oversee JIT Probe

Karachi (October 04, 2018): Sindh High Court has appointed Justice Salahuddin Panhwar to oversee the workings of the JIT probing the May 12 carnage.

On May 12, 2007, a major portion of Karachi’s main artery, Shahra-e-Faisal, turned into a battlefield when rival political groups clashed with each other soon after the arrival of the then chief justice of Pakistan. Due to the clash, the former chief justice did not move ahead from the lounge of the airport and returned to Islamabad without addressing a lawyers’ convention at Sindh High Court.

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Earlier on September 11, Sindh High Court (SHC) ordered to form Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the May 12 bloodshed.

During the hearing, the court directed to start investigation into the massacre from the start and submit its report after every two weeks.

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The court also instructed the Sindh government to contact Chief Justice of SHC and ordered to find out the mastermind behind the mishap.

Following the court orders, the Sindh government constituted a JIT on September 28. As per the notification, Karachi Police Chief is the head of the JIT.

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The JIT will probe into the various cases regarding the mayhem and apprise the monitoring judge about the progress made after every 15 days.

Earlier on August 13, the Sindh High Court (SHC) reserved its judgment pertaining to conduct judicial inquiry regarding May 12, 2007 carnage in the metropolitan.

A division bench headed by Justice Mohammad Iqbal Kalhoro conducted hearing on a plea seeking a judicial inquiry into the cases regarding bloodshed in Karachi on the arrival of the former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary in 2007.

The petition has been filed by Iqbal Kazmi, who had withdrawn his petition on November 19, 2007, approached the court after the restoration of the pre-November 3, 2007, judiciary for reopening the case.Advocates Faisal Siddiqui, who was assigned as amicus curiae to assist the court in the matter, has submitted that the judiciary inquiry can be initiated into the matter.

The court was informed that there was 80 FIRs were registered when then Chief Justice Sabihuddin Ahmed took sou moto notice, ten years have been passed many records have been missed.

Earlier, the police submitted a report regarding the cases registered on the carnage of May 12, 2007; the report stated that as many as 54 cases were registered in different police stations.

The court rejected the police report and inquired about the update of the cases in the trial courts and also asked the police officials that how many culprits have been arrested so far, the police officials were not able to answer the court.Narrating the incidents of May 12, 2007, Kazmi said in the petition that the then home secretary and police chief had violated the court’s order for providing security to Chaudhry during his visit to Karachi. The petitioner pleaded the court to initiate the judicial inquiry under the supervision of a high court judge, cases be lodged against the culprits involved in the May 12 violence.

The petitioner made former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London chief Altaf Hussain, the then home adviser Waseem Akhtar, the then home secretary Ghulam Mohammad Mohtram, the then interior secretary, the then Sindh Rangers director general and others as respondents.

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