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CJP directs IG Sindh to submit affidavit in VVIP road blockades case

KARACHI (Monitoring Desk): Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar on Saturday directed Inspector General of Sindh Police to submit affidavit in VVIP road blockades case.

Hearing a suo motu case of road blockades due to VVIP movement at the Supreme Court Karachi Registry, Justice Saqib Nisar enquired from IG Sindh A.D. Khawaja why public roads are blocked for VVIP movement.

To this, A.D. Khawaja responded that traffic is only stopped for two minutes to facilitate VVIP movement. Roads are not blocked; instead, mere arrangements are made for VVIP movement.

The Chief Justice stated that arrangements should be made to ensure the public does not face hardship. The public faces difficulties when roads are blocked for VVIPs, he remarked.

The CJP then directed IG Sindh to submit an affidavit stating that the roads are not blocked for [longer periods of time]. He further remarked that the court would review the affidavit and ensure the public’s rights are protected.

The Chief Justice is also set to hear a number of matters of public welfare today.

The public welfare cases involve the sale of substandard packaged milk, provision of unsafe drinking water, state of public hospitals and medical colleges.

The Chief Justice will also separately hear the appeal of civil society activists against the Sindh High Court’s order directing a retrial in the Shahzeb Khan murder case today.