KARACHI: Following the top court’s directives, the Sindh High Court (SHC) constituted on Wednesday a fresh bench to conduct hearing in the May 12 mayhem case.
Irked by the absence of court facilitators in the high court, SHC Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Sheikh constituted a two-member special bench comprising Justice KK Agha and Justice Iqbal Kalhoro to further the proceedings.
During the hearing, Sindh police appraised the court that at least 54 first information reports (FIR) pertaining to the tragedy have been registered in police stations across Karachi. However, the high court rejected the report and sought a report from DIG Legal and the concerned authorities by June 22.
The petition, filed by Iqbal Kazmi, nominated former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain, former interior minister and then Karachi mayor Wasim Akhtar in the events that unfolded in the port city on May 12, 2007.
Petitioner claimed that MQM wreaked havoc in Karachi on the directives of General (r) Musharraf to prevent former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry from arriving into the city and addressing the legal fraternity.
More than 50 people were killed in Karachi’s on its bloodiest day and hundreds were injured when miscreants attacked people going to the airport to receive the former chief justice.