KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday expressed severe outrage over absence of Advocate General (AG) Sindh despite summoning him in the hearing of case relating to release of Joint Investigation Team (JIT) reports publically on the high profile cases.
The SHC judge, Justice Muhammad Iqbal Kalhoro, heard the case relating to publicising of JIT reports over Lyari gang war kingbolt Uzair Baloch, Baldia factory fire tragedy and former Fishermen’s Cooperative Society chairman Nisar Morai.
Justice Kalhoro remarked that the court had directed AG Sindh to give arguments in the case but he did now show up.
The petitioner’s lawyer pleaded SHC to publicise the JITs which were finalised by the investigators.
Justice Kalhoro remarked that the verdict regarding JITs will be written.
The high court summoned AG Sindh and adjourned the hearing till May 20.
On April 8, the Sindh High Court (SHC) had put off the hearing of a petition filed by Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi seeking to make public Joint Investigation Team (JIT) reports due to absence of petitioner’s lawyer.
In the previous hearing, the SHC har ruled that it will make public the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) reports public after carefully reviewing them. The sealed JIT reports have already been submitted to bench in pursuance of its orders.
The Karachi-based lawmaker had moved a petition in the high court seeking directives for the law enforcement agencies to make public JIT reports of Uzair Baloch, Morai and the Baldia inferno case.
He, in his petition, contended that more than 250 people lost their lives in the Baldia incident but the JIT report had not been made public yet. The JIT reports of Uzair Baloch and Morai have also not been made publically available, he added.
The minister claimed that Morai had spilled the beans about involvement of senior politicians in the murder of seven people during his questioning by the JIT. “It was the right of citizens to know about the suspects investigated during the JIT investigation.”