Islamabad, March 14, 2014 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired a high level meeting to review law and order situation in Karachi today. The meeting was attended by Governor Sindh Dr. Ishratul Ebad Khan, Chief Minister Sindh, Mr. Qaim Ali Shah, Federal Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Federal Commerce Minister Engr. Khurram Distagir, Chief Secretary Sindh, Inspector General of Police Sindh and Director General of Intelligence Bureau.
Keeping in view the protection of witnesses, investigators, prosecutors and Judges, the Prime Minister directed to shift Anti Terrorism Courts to Malir Cantonment. Prime Minister also directed to lift ban on recruitment in all civil armed forces of Pakistan. It was also agreed in-principle that additional police stations to be established in Liari, Karachi.
On the recommendation of D.G. Rangers, the Prime Minister directed that Army Recruitment Centres should be utilized for recruitment. He further directed that recruitment should be purely on merit and without any favourtism, observing strict transparency in the process. The Prime Minister also directed that Sindh Government should expedite establishment of isolated high security Prisons in Sindh for imprisoning terrorists.
Prime Minister directed Ministry of Interior to expedite the blocking of illegal mobile phone SIMs and further directed to ensure use of biometric system for issuance of SIMs in the future. Prime Minister directed Sindh Provincial Government and Rangers to take action against land-mafia that is illegally grabbing state lands.
Prime Minister said that “Karachi operation will continue. The sacrifices rendered by our security agencies are invaluable. Karachi operation is not a routine issue for the government and I will regularly monitor and supervise operation and will help the provincial Government in resolving the issues”. PM further said that a high level meeting in the next week is being called wherein all Chief Ministers, Chief Secretaries and IGs will participate to review the overall security situation of the country.
Prime Minister said that “We will also discuss coordination mechanism regarding border control, intelligence sharing and combating terrorism”. Police and Rangers should use new Anti- Terrorism Laws to combat terrorism, extortion and land- grabbing, said the PM.
Earlier, Chief Secretary Sindh briefed the Prime Minister on law and order situation. He apprised the Prime Minister that 393 cases of heinous crimes have been registered. Prime Minister was apprised that illegal migration of foreign nationals is also causing law and order problems. Fresh inductions in the Police force are needed in order to strengthen the force. Prime Minister appreciated the fast-track procurement of high-tech equipment for security purposes.
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