SHC appoints judge to monitor JIT investigating May 12 violence

  • JIT to present report to Justice Salahuddin Panhwar fortnightly

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court chief justice, Ahmed Ali Shaikh appointed a judge on Thursday to monitor the joint investigation team (JIT) tasked to probe into the May 12 carnage.

Justice Salahuddin Panhwar has been appointed to oversee the workings of the high-profile JIT that would look into the mayhem.

The JIT was formed on September 11 by the SHC to probe into the killings in Pakistan’s southern metropolis that sent shock waves across the country back in 2007.

Following the court orders, the Sindh government constituted a JIT with Karachi Police Chief as its head; the JIT will probe into the various cases regarding the chaos and report the monitoring judge fortnightly about the progress.

SHC orders formation of JIT to probe May 12 carnage

On May 12, 2007, clashes and gunfights between rival political parties erupted when suspended chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry arrived at the Jinnah International Airport.

Karachi roads turned into the battlefield as Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Awami National Party (ANP), and Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PMAP) activists, who supported the judge, and the pro-government Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists took to the streets against each other.

More than 40 people were killed and several hundred were left injured during the fierce clash with many pointing fingers at the then president, Pervez Musharraf for not being able to control the situation.