Supreme Court on Wednesday heard a case regarding Karachi law and order situation and scolded high police officials who produced reports on law-enforcement agencies’ performance in dealing with criminals.

At outset of the hearing, Additional IG police Iqbal Mehmood appeared before a four-judge bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khwaja, at the apex court’s Karachi Registry and submitted a rejoinder about investigation of various cases.

Mehmood told the court that 630 criminals have been arrested during different police raids over the past few months. He told that court that 2300 people lost their lives in targeted attacks last year.

Justice Amir Hani enquired about the number of investigation officers in Karachi. To which, the AIG replied “I think 250 officers are working.”

The reply irked the court as Justice Hani said that only 169 officers have submitted their reports so far. At which, the AIG said some 250 investigation officers are working in Karachi.

Justice Khilji Arif Hussain said that the police department has confessed in its report that over 22,000 absconding offenders are roaming free in the city.

“Then how life a common citizen can be saved? How can free elections be ensured in worst law and order conditions? Who should we blame to? We see no hope of peace in the city,” Justice Khilji said.

Justice Khwaja asked how the police can deal with 22000 criminals with an insufficient manpower. “This task in impossible for police while the Rangers is not proved effective in Karachi despite consume a heavy budget.”

The bench later adjourned that case till Thursday.