ISLAMABAD - Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on Monday took suo moto notice of the unabated killings in Karachi and called for details of the recent incidents in the economic hub of the country. He directed various TV channels to provide CDs/DVD of the relevant programmes and footages today (August 23). The CJP intervened following the publication of news about the situation in the restive cosmopolitan city. According to some media reports, over 600 people have been killed in Karachi during the past eight months. The situation has deteriorated to an extent that a number of political parties have demanded a military operation to purge the city of weapons and criminals. The prime minister chaired a meeting of the Sindh cabinet on Monday and told the participants that if 'we fail to act, somebody else will. This clearly meant that the government knew the likely consequences in case it could not bring the killings to an end. In a related development, a senior advocate of the Supreme Court Tariq Asad filed a petition in the apex court with the Prime Minister, federal government through Interior Secretary, Federal Minister for Interior, cabinet ministers and Chief Secretary and Home Secretary of Sindh province as respondents. He prayed the respondents be directed to submit a comprehensive report on the number of people who lost their lives and the culprits responsible for the killings. He further prayed that the Prime Minister be directed to advise the President to issue a Proclamation of Emergency under Article 232 in Sindh, especially in Karachi, and direct the federal government to call the Armed Forces to control the law and order situation under Article 245 of the Constitution. The petitioner requested the court to summon Interior Minister Rehman Malik to explain what he meant by the third force which he said in a recent statement was responsible for target killings in Karachi. The minister was quoted as saying that elements involved in target killing are Pakistani citizens, but they reside in South Africa. They come to Karachi on a flight and leave the city the very next day after killing innocent people. Advocate Tariq Asad said the statement amply proved the failure of the interior minister to perform his duty. He said in such circumstances he should be directed to tender resignation. The petitioner said there was no coordination between the federal and provincial governments because of which the lives of citizens were not safe.