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Vigilance to be beefed up along Sindh-Balochistan border: Chief Minister Sindh

Karachi, March 24, 2015 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali has said that installation of scanners along the border of Sindh and Balochistan have become inevitable because terrorists penetrate into Sindh and return after conducting terrorist activities. The detection of Shikarpur Imambargah bomb blast is a glaring example. “I would talk to the Balochistan government and we would work out a strict vigilance and scanning on the border jointly.”

This he said while presiding over a law and order meeting here at the CM House on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by Minister for Information Sharjeel Inam Memon, Minister for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Secretary Siddiq Memon, DG Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar, IG Sindh Ghulam Hyder Jamali, Principal Secretary Alamuddin Bulllo, Home Secretary Mukhtiar Soomro, G Prison, representatives of secret agencies and other government officers.

IG Sindh giving presentation to the chief minister said that the heinous crime which include terrorism, murder, kidnapping for ransom, extortion and dacoities were recorded 48 percent (4125) in Karachi during 2014, 16 percent (1351) in Hyderabad, 14 percent (1210) in Larkana, 10 percent (875) in Sanghar, eight percent (711) in Shaheed Benazirabad and 4 percent( 301) in Mirpurkhas.

Giving further break up of overall crime in the province the IG said 54 percent (4655) dacoities / robberies, 38.5 percent (3294) murders, 5.2 percent (449) extortion, 1.7 percent kidnapping for ransom and 0.3 percent (26). He said “during 2015 – upto March 23, some 269criminals have been killed, of them 67 terrorists, 42 of Lyari Gang war, 11 kidnappers, 149 dacoits. This figure was 858 in 2014.”

Talking about arms and ammunition recovered from all over Sindh during 2015, the IG Jamali said that a bomb making factory was detected and destroyed in Karachi last week. Apart from it 200 kg explosive material was recovered. The other recoveries include six bombs, two PRG-7 Rockets, four suicide jackets, 168 rifle grenades, one G-3 rifle, 81 Kalashnikovs, 204 shot guns and 2108 pistols.

The IG further said that average murder per day was 7.8 in 2013 and in 2014 it came down to 4.86 (315) and during 2015 it has further dropped down to 2.7 or 226. Giving three months comparative crime in Karachi up to of March 2015 the IG said that in the first three months of 2014, some 315 murder cases were registered while during the corresponding period of 2015 total murders were 226.

This shows a decline of 89 cases. In the same period of 2014, 35 persons were kidnapped for ransom while in 2015 this figure came down to 19 showing a difference of 16 cases. Similarly, extortion cases during the first three months of 2014 were reported at 80 and in 2015 it came down to 55. This shows a decline of 25 cases. The street crime which was recorded at 542 in first three months of 2014 showed a decline and recorded at 345 in 2015. This shows a difference of 197 cases.

Talking about killing of criminals during the 560 days of targeted operation the IG said that 888 criminals have been killed, 1546 target killers arrested, 539 terrorists arrested, 487 extortionists apprehended and other 19701 other criminals arrested.

NATIONAL ACTION PLAN:

Home Secretary Mukhtiar Soomro giving briefing on the measures taken under National Action Plan (NAP) told the chief minister that combating operations are being conducted against terrorist hide-outs employing RRF and SSU.

Talking about madaris, Mr Soomro said that 72 madaris have been closed in Hyderabad Range. “Police search operation is being carried out against Madaris suspected to be involved in terrorist activities. The SSPs have been direced to strictly implement ban on construction of new madaris. Flags of proscribed organisations have been removed,” he said.

Mr Soomro also said that there were 60 religious outfits. “We have killed their 67 militants and arrested 26. Under Loud Speaker act 363 cases have been registered, of them 149 arrested,” he said and added that under hate material 21 cases have been registered and arrested 21 accused. Talking about action against Afghan refugees, the home secretary said that 1048 have been arrested and 408 cases registered.

OPERATION AT 90′

Director General Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar giving briefing on search operation at 90- Azizabad said that on March 11, 2015 Rangers conducted an information- led search operation around MQM Headquarters.

During the operation arms, ammunition and explosives recovered from there include four 9mm pistol, 19- 7mm rifles, 22 repeaters, 22 rifles, two LMGs, one KK, 26 awan bombs, 18 SMGs, two 223-rifles, 14 pistols of 30 bore, four rifles of 8mm, one rifle of 4-M, 13 G-22 riffles, two rifles of 222, 11 rifles of GSG-5 and five SMG.

He said 26 persons were handed over to police and booked them under different cases. “During interrogation arrested accused have disclosed their involvement in number of heinous crimes of different police station of the city. More weapons were also recovered on the pointation of arrested accused which include two rocket launchers, one mouzer, one carbine, two awan bomb launcher and four TT Pistol and l560 rounds.

He also said that 59 other persons apprehended from the places are detained for 90 days and so far no license has been produced before police. According to Forensic Laboratory shows that all arms in working condition. During the search operation a mob gathered at the place and resorted to firing due to which one persons was killed and other injured for which the police have registered a case.

STREET CRIME:

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah directed the Sindh police to control street crime. “We have to the control street crime I want people walk free of any fear. We have to restore this city as city of lights once again.” he asserted. He appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Rangers and Sindh police for their vigorous efforts to restore peace in Karachi.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Allah Bachayo Memon
Press Secretary
Chief Minister House
Tel: +92-21-99202019
Cell: +92-300-3524057 (Ext: 336)

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