KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC), while hearing the Karachi law and order case, has sought report from the authorities over the failure to nab the killers of Geo News reporter Wali Khan Babar.
A five-member larger bench of the SC headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was hearing the case today.
Inspector General Sindh, Additional Inspector General Sindh, Director General of Sindh Rangers and Chief Secretary Sindh were also present during the hearing.
During the proceedings, the CJ remarked that murder of all the witnesses in Wali Khan Babar case was impossible without the involvement of influential people or police. He questioned that why the witnesses were not provided security despite the Sindh High Court orders.
He continued saying that people generally complain that the courts don’t issue verdicts of cases, but the issue lies with the fact that the witnesses are not protected. He, then, challenged authorities to arrest the killers of witnesses in Wali Babar murder case.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry also inquired about the murder sites where the witnesses were executed. He said that all the police officers who took part in the 1992 and 1996 operation were killed but the killers are still at large.
The CJ questioned the IG Police that why the killers of police officials were not arrested. Had they been held, it would have boosted the morale of police force.
He said that God never spares the culprits and always punishes them.
On the occasion, Justice Khilji remarked that a society also suffers with the state if cold-blooded murders continue to occur.