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Sindh Chief Minister chairs Apex Committee meeting

Karachi, November 03, 2016 (PPI-OT):The Apex Committee under the National Action Plan (NAP) has decided to take necessary measures to make peace in Karachi sustainable. Therefore, it was decided to launch crackdown against the criminals involved in the street crime and drug dealers.

This decision was taken in the 17th Apex Committee meeting held under the chairmanship of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah. Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad, Corps Commander Karachi Lt. General Naveed Mukhtar, advisors to CM Mola Bux Chandio, Murtaza Wahab, Chief Secretary Siddque Memon, DG Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar, IG Sindh AD Khwaja, Additional IG Police Mushtaq Maher, Aditional IG CTD Sanaullah Abbasi, provincial heads of intelligence agencies, Home Secretary Shakeel Mangnijo, Prosecutor General Shahadat Awan and others and others attended the meeting.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murtad Ali Shah said that operation against terrorists, target killers, extortionists, and kidnapers for ransom has produced encouraging results. He added that the on-going operation has broken the backs of organized criminals, mafias and terrorist outfits but it doesn’t mean that the target has been achieved. Therefore, it must be made sustainable for which “we have to formulate strategy with collective wisdom,” he said and opened it for discussion.

It was observed that the criminals involved in street crime have no proper backing of any group or organization but they are operating on their own. The street crime is nursery of major criminal activities, therefore it must be crushed right now. It was also pointed out that those who have been bailed out in different heinous crimes and criminal have also indulged in street crimes. The number of such criminals bailed out due to lack of evidences come to 1400.

It was also observed that the drug mafias, drug traffickers are also active in the city and they are sometimes supporting street crimes and also financing terrorist gangs to strengthen them. The areas where these gangs are stationed and operating have already been identified and the chief minister on the advice of the Apex Committee participants approved crackdown against them.

The meeting also discussed the details of the people who names have been put on the 4rth Schedule. It was decided that their security, if given, would be withdrawn and their activities would also be monitored. Those who are on the 4rth schedule and are in government service would be given show cause notice. For the purpose the chief secretary would examine the law and would suggest necessary measure or amendments. It was also decided to share the lists of persons on 4rth schedule to the other agencies, provinces and with the federal government. However, people of the 4rth schedule can file appeal with home department.

In the meeting it was also pointed out that there were some 3023 proclaimed offenders. Prosecutor General Shahdat Awan was asked to share their list with Rangers, Police, Intelligence agencies, federal agencies and other provincial government for their arrest.

In the meeting it was also pointed out that the illegal immigrants living in Sindh are a big issue. The AJK government had 15000 aliens and they ousted them. Therefore, the meeting decided to urge the federal government to give powers of registering FIR against illegal immigrants to Sindh police. Presently, these powers are with FIA.

The IG police, AD Khowja told the meeting that selection of 8000 policeman has been finalized through NTS Test in which army officers were also inducted. He added that 4000 newly recruited policemen were being sent to Risalpur for training. When their training would be completed another 4000 would be sent.

The Corps Commander Karachi Lt. General Naveed Mukhtar said that he had made necessary arrangements for the training of the newly recruited policemen. He added that he was handing over six APCs to Sindh police and 500 weapons. The IG Mr Khowja said that he needed 400 square yards land to establish Forensic Lab in the city. On this Corps Commander Lt. Gen Naveed Mukhat said that he would talk to DHA and would try his best to arrange land for the purpose.

The meeting unanimously applauded the efforts of law enforcement agencies, Rangers, police, intelligence agencies for restoring peace in the city. The meeting also decided to compile a list of the people, madaris students who have been to Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan and returned or styed there. This taks was assigned to Additional IG CTD Sanaullah Abbasi.

The meeting was informed that the 93 madaris accused of supporting terrorist have been put on alert list. Their activities, visitors and funding was being monitored. It was also pointed out that the sub national groups were also involved in criminal activities and working for terrorists would also be taken to task. The Rangers and police would conduct joint operation against them.

DG Rangers Major general Bilal Akbar briefed the meeting about the performance of the Rangers and their targeted operations. He also said that the Rangers had established well-equipped check posts at Sassui Brige on near Ghaggar and on Sindh-Punjab border at kot Sabzal while the check post on Hub was under construction. The Rangers was conducting checking of the vehicles passing through the check posts and monitoring them through command and control center established at the Headquarters.

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad said that the CCTV cameras installed all over the city must be upgraded. This is the only way to monitor the entire city. On this the chief secretary said that work of up gradation of the cameras and installation of new ones was in progress. The technical work like tenders or specification has been done so far. He said that 10000 cameras of 12 mega pixel would be installed city.

The chief minister said that he would extend all kind of support to the law enforcement agencies. “Funds are not issue- it is my job to arrange funds but you have to make this city one of the peaceful city of the world,” he concluded.

For more information, contact:
Press Secretary,
Chief Minister House, Sindh
Tel: +92-21-99202019 (Ext: 336)
Website: www.cmsindh.gov.pk

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