Karachi crisis: Pak SC moves in, seeks footage

Newspapers published a letter which asked the Chief Justice to take notice of Karachi killings.

Updated: Aug 22, 2011, 17:58 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan`s Supreme Court Chief
Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry on Monday took suo moto notice of the
political and ethnic violence in Karachi and asked TV news
channels to provide footage of incidents in the country`s
financial hub.

Chaudhry initiated the suo moto proceedings after several
newspapers published a letter in which the writer asked the
Chief Justice to take notice of the killings in the country`s
largest city.

Apex court officials said the letter was converted into a
human rights case.

The Chief Justice asked TV news channels to provide their
footage of violence in the city.=
He asked the government to submit a report with details on
the unrest in Karachi.

Chaudhry`s move coincided with reports of the killing of
11 more people in Karachi, where nearly 100 people have died
in a week of violence that was triggered by the kidnapping and
murder of five Baloch men.

In a related development, a petition filed in the Sindh
High Court asked it to direct authorities to stop the unrest
in the port city.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, an NGO, recently said
490 people were killed in target killings in Karachi in the
first half of this year, compared with 748 in the whole of
2010.

It said Karachi was in the grip of political, ethnic and
sectarian "polarisation".

PTI