Karachi, May 14, 2015 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that the Rs3.4 billion police package was assured by the prime minister when targeted operation was launched but the commitment has been fulfilled. “This has exerted additional financial burden on the shoulders of the Sindh government”.
This he said while briefing the Apex Committee meeting held with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif in the chair today at Corps Headquarters 5 Corps Karachi. The chief minister said that when the operation was launched the Prime Minister had promised to give Rs3.4 billion Police Package but it has not been fulfilled so far. “Under the package the police was to be equipped with most sensitive gadgets/equipment and vehicles like APCs,” he said.
The Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif assured the chief minister that the he would provide all the equipments to Sindh police, including APCs within a month if the government of Sindh provides/sends him a detailed list. The chief minister told the meeting that Sindh government has launched Karachi targeted operation purely from its own resources which are very meagre.
“When launching of the targeted operation in city was approved the prime minister had promised to bear 50 percent expenditures but nothing has been released so far despite our repeated reminders,” he said and added that Sindh government would heave a sigh of relief and would further focus on the development of social sector if the federal government share 40 percent of total expenditures of the targeted operation.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif assured the chief minister that he would take up the issue with the prime minister and personally get the grievances of the Sindh government redressed. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah thanked the chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif for giving ownership to the operation. The Chief of Army Staff also approved to establish a Counter Terrorism Office at 5 Corps Headquarter with an intelligence sharing cell.,” The decision of COAS would make the operation more effective and target- oriented,” the chief minister said.
The meeting reiterated the commitment to continue the targeted operation across the board and irrespective of any discrimination. It is purely against the terrorists and would reach to a logical end.
The meeting decided to establish surveillance/monitoring system in the city. It was also decided that community policing at SHO level would be evolved. The chief minister termed the meeting an encouraging and it would further strengthen the targeted operation.
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