Supreme Court takes Suo Motu notice of Rangers killing


Islamabad: The Honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan has taken Suo Motu notice of the incident of killing of a boy by the Rangers at Karachi.

The Registrar, Supreme Court, in his note to the Chief Justice of Pakistan stated that it was reported by Daily The News, Dawn, Express, Jinnah, Islamabad dated 9th June, 2011 that the Rangers killed in cold blood a young man. The killing incident was caught on camera and graphic photographs to this effect were given by the newspapers as well as TV channels. Apparently, the Rangers had earlier claimed that the young man along with two others was robbing people in the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Park in Boat Basin, Karachi and was killed in an armed encounter with Rangers. However, the video of the incident, aired on Geo News as well as other TV channels exposed the fact that a Ranger Guard shot dead the pleading boy while the other guards stood watching.

The news clippings further added that the murdered boy was a class – X student. The Registrar further stated that the shooting of the young man in cold blood was tantamount to extra-judicial killing by the law enforcing agency. It was a brutal act and a brazen violation of most essential fundamental right i.e. right to life (Article 9), inviolability of dignity of man (Article 14), safeguards as to arrest and detention (Article 10), right to fair trial (Article 10A), etc.

On the above note, the Honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan has directed that the matter be registered as a Suo Motu case under Article 184(3) of the Constitution and notices be issued to the learned Attorney General for Pakistan, Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Chief Secretary, Government of Sindh, PPO, Sindh and Director General, Pakistan Rangers to appear in person along with complete record of the incident before the larger Bench headed by the Honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan at Islamabad on 10.06.2011 at 9.30 a.m.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
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