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Sindh Chief Minister presides over meeting of Apex Committee

Karachi, January 02, 2017 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the seriousness of his government to implementing National Action Plan (NAP) in true letter and spirit is evident from the fact that he is chairing 19th meeting of Apex committee on the first day of new year but it is the federal government that has failed to implement some important portions of the plan.

This he said while presiding over the meeting of Apex Committee here at the CM House today. The meeting was attended by Senior Minister Nisar Khuhro, Corps Commander Karachi Lt General Shahid Baig Mirza, CM advisors, Mola Bux Chandio, Murtaza Wahab, Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, DG Rangers Major General Mohammad Saeed, IG Sindh AD Khowja, Additional IG CTD Sanaullah Abbasi, Adl IG Karachi Mushtaq Maher, Prosecutor General Shahadat Awan, heads of provincial agencies and others.

The chief minister brushing aside the impression of slowing down the targeted operation said that he was expanding its scope to some other serious crimes such as Street Crime, drug mafia, land mafia and others. “We are holding 19th Apex Committee meeting today which speaks louder of our commitment but I am sorry to say the federal government has failed to implement some important clauses of National Action Plan,” he said and added “NAP calls for banning glorification of terrorists but it is going in the media; there should have been a crackdown against banned out fits but they are openly holding meetings and the policy is not clear; the NAP also calls for repatriation of illegal immigrants but no tangible progress has been made so far and NECTA had to be made functional but this has not been done so far,” he lamented.

Home Secretary Shakeel Mangnijo briefing the meeting said in 2014 Numbeo, an international organization had placed Karachi in its `Crime and safety Index’ at number six but now it come down to number 31. “On this the chief minister said that the credit goes to this forum which plan, execute and support targeted operation and crushed the terrorists, target killers, extortionists and kidnappers.

“Today is the first day of New Year, 2018 and I have convened this meeting deliberately to give message to the people of this megalopolis city that the PPP government was starting the year with maintaining law and order and making further planning to make peace in the city sustainable. Home secretary said that the ATC courts have decided 149 cases in December 2016 and convicted 34 criminals.

The Sindh government has requested the Ministry of Interior to include 94 madaris in 1st schedule (means ban them) while seven more people were included in 4rth schedule in December alone. There were 581 persons have already been included in 4rth schedule. The National Action Plan deals with 20 points, of them 11 pertains to provincial government. The Sindh government has convened 18 Apex Committee meetings to implement NAP.

Home secretary said that 16 condemned prisoners have been executed since the start of the NAP, 13 others have been awarded death sentences by military courts but no convicted has been executed so far. He added that the appeals of seven convicted have been rejected and their second appeals are pending six in High court and one in Supreme court. The appeals of reaming six are pending with GHQ.

The Sindh government has recommended 105 cases to Ministry of Interior, only 29 were cleared and sent to Military Courts for trial. The government has taken serious measures for choking financing for terrorists and terrorist organizations. The collection of fitrana and hide by force were banned. Audits have been initiated by the social welfare department. Seven cases have been registered for financing and eleven accused have been arrested.

The meeting was informed that Counter Terrorism Force has been established with 2000 personnel and so far 700 have been recruited. The CTD has been provided 3G and 4G locators, is going to have access to NADRA database, set up anti-terrorism financing unit, going to establish explosive Lab and canine Unit is being set up.

The meeting was also briefed on the progress of legislation which include passage of certain bills such as Hindu Marriage Act, Forced Conversion Bill, draft of bill on forced marriages has been prepared and scheme to install surveillance cameras at religious places of minorities have been approved for Rs400 million.

The meeting was told that there were 10,033 madaris of them 7,724 madaris are functional with an enrolment of 547,695students, including 818 foreigners. Giving the progress of Rangers, the Apex Committee was told that since September 2013 Rangers conducted 8,849 combing operations, handed over 6892 criminals to police. The Rangers arrested 1493 terrorists, 975 target killers, 440 bhata collectors, 116 kidnappers, 151 hostages were recovered, 10,560 weapons and 620,783 ammunition.

The meeting pointed out that there was a substantial increase in street crime. On this the chief minister directed IG police to take necessary measures to stop street crime. He approved vigorous operation against street criminals, drug mafia and land mafia.

Syed Murad Ali Shah directed his advisor on law Murtaza Wahab, Prosecutor General Shahadat Awan to suggest amendments in law if the cases of street crime could be sent to ATC courts. “I am committed with the people of Karachi to make this city free of street crime,” he said and categorically said he would not listen to any excuses, “I want result means results,” he said.

The Corps Commander Karachi assured the Apex Committee that he would support the combing operation and provide necessary support to train the newly recruited police force. He also assured to support the police to establish a Canine unit. He also said that he was working with DHA to get land for Forensic lab. “Pakistan Army was ready to extend any full support whatever the police, the government and the people of Karachi need,” he said.

The chief minister concluding the meeting thanked everyone for their valuable input and directed the police and Rangers to sit together an plan operation against drug mafia and street criminals and present report in the next meeting which would be held after one month.

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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