The court also called for a comprehensive report starting from April 28, 2011 about the law and order in the city, with reasons why the police and other law enforcement agencies failed to improve it even after clear directives given by it in the case two years ago.

Expressing dissatisfaction, a five-member bench of the court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry observed instead of improving, the situation has worsened.

The Director General of Pakistan Rangers apprised the bench that his force only has search-and-arrest powers. He said that many people who were arrested by the Rangers were later acquitted by the courts.

He also informed the court that armed wings of some political parties are active in the city. The CJ said that it was unfortunate that weapons in large quantities were being smuggled in through the Karachi port and supplied throughout the country under the noses of the top officials.

He referred to media reports that 19,000 containers of weapons for NATO and US troops in Afghanistan had gone missing. He also lashed out at the Chief Secretary of Sindh and provincial police chief for failing to do enough to protect the lives and properties of the citizens of the city.

The bench said it was surprised to read the statement of the advocate general of Sindh in which he said Karachi was a war zone. Attorney General of Pakistan Munir A Malik also submitted a report before the court, stating that the major reason for worsening law and order situation was the "growing population" in the port city.

He also stated that drug cartels, weapons smugglers and gangs operating in the city had become a norm.

(Agencies)

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