KARACHI - The Supreme Court on Tuesday resumed hearing of the Karachi law and order suo motu implementation case and lauded the law-enforcement agencies’ anti-criminal action in the city.

Sindh Additional Inspector General Police Shahid Hayat appeared before the bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, in the Supreme Court’s Karachi Registry and submitted a report on the police crackdown against outlaws.

The Karachi police chief stated that targeted operations were carried out in the city to curb the violence and street crime. He told the court that over 5,000 cases had been registered since the police operation began.

The Sindh advocate general told the court that a campaign was launched in the city to recover illegal arms as a result of which peace returned to the city. He termed the ongoing violence in Lyari mere armed clash between two criminal gangs.

The CJP appreciated police and Rangers’ action in Karachi. He, however, said the Sindh government's claims stood in sharp contrast to media reports.

“What's going on in Lyari? Is it still a no-go area? Are the citizens in Lyari enjoying rights under Article 9? What steps were taken to get rid of illegal arms?” the CJP questioned the advocate general.