The Sindh High Court has opened an investigation into the violence of May 12, 2007, the day 50 people were killed in Karachi over the return of the suspended chief justice.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Iqbal Kazmi. He wants a judicial inquiry into the bloodshed. That day violence broke out when chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, who was suspended at the time, arrived in Karachi to address a lawyers’ convention and a bar association meeting for the fiftieth anniversary of the Sindh High Court Bar Association. Gunbattles broke out in the city with political party activists on both sides openly fighting.
The court gave the Sindh government two weeks to present a report before the court after implementing its orders.
The two-judge special bench ordered a judicial tribunal to look into the May 12 incidents.
The court also wants the government to tell it how the victims have been compensated.
Iqbal Kazmi is a rights activist who has filed several petitions over the years into public interest cases.