SHC allows Sindh govt more time in petition against targeted killing of lawyers

Karachi: Expressing displeasure over provincial government for not complying with court orders, Sindh High Court SHC on Tuesday allowed Sindh Government more time to file comments in a petition of Sindh High Court Bar Association SHCBA against targeted killing of lawyers.

A division bench of SHC headed by Ghulam Sarwar Korai was seized with the petition of SHCBA filed by its president Mustafa Lakhani.

President SHCBA had stated that the law and order situation in Karachi was deteriorating and the life and property of citizens, including lawyers, were not safe. He stated that since 2007 over 40 lawyers have been killed in the city, adding that law enforcers have failed to restore peace in the city.

He had submitted that whenever a member of police or other government official is killed in any incident of violence, the victim’s family is compensated. However, he added that advocates are targeted in the city but their heirs are not being compensated.

The petitioner had said that orders of high court regarding awarding punishment to convicts were not implemented. He had stated that lives of convicts on death rows were being stretched by not executing them, which, according to him, encourage other criminals to commit crimes.