Karachi (June 20, 2018): Following the Supreme Court orders, the Sindh High Court constituted on Wednesday a fresh bench to conduct hearing in the May 12 mayhem case.
Irked by the absence of court facilitators in the high court, Chief Justice SHC Ahmed Ali Sheikh constituted a two-member special bench comprising Justice KK Agha and Justice Iqbal Kalhoro to further the proceedings.
During the hearing, Sindh police apprised the court that at least 54 FIRs pertaining to the tragedy have been registered in police stations across Karachi. However, the high court rejected the report and sought a report from DIG Legal and the authorities concerned by June 22.
The petition, filed by Iqbal Kazmi, nominated former president Pervez Musharraf, Founder Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan Altaf Hussain, former interior minister and then Karachi mayor Wasim Akhtar in the events that unfolded in the port city on May 12, 2007.Petitioner alleged that MQM wreaked havoc in Karachi on the directives of Musharraf to prevent former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry from arriving into the city and addressing legal fraternity.
More than 50 people were killed in Karachi’s bloodiest day and hundreds were injured when miscreants attacked people going to the airport to receive the chief justice.