KARACHI - The Sindh government while expressing satisfaction over the ongoing targeted action against the criminals, target killers and extortionists in the city has decided to make amendments in the law for severe punishment to the people involved in forcible shutdown strikes and violence.
A high-level meeting, chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah at the CM Secretariat, on Thursday also decided amendments in the law for fair trial and ensure legality to the investigation of Joint Interrogation Teams against the criminals.
The meeting reviewed the law and order situation and performance of targeted operation in the City and decided to get operational control of all the CCTV cameras in the metropolis from the KMC and handed the control over to the Sindh Police.
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah appreciated the achievements of Rangers and Sindh Police of what they achieved in targeted operation. He directed them to further speed up the operation and make the city free from terrorists within shortest possible time. He said joint role of Rangers and Sindh Police would go on till getting complete success.
The chief minister said full moral, administrative and legal support was being provided to the officers engaged in this targeted operation. They have been directed to ensure protection of lives and properties of common citizens at any cost.
He said Karachi was an important and the biggest city of the country and even it is one of the world’s most important cities, as such to maintain its peace and tranquility was very much essential.
He said a good impact of the targeted operation had been reported. CM took notice of forcible strikes following the arrest of MQM’s former MPA, which according to him, caused violence and damage to public and private properties.
Chief Executive of the Sindh province directed the Advocate General Sindh to propose necessary legislation so that the same be got passed from the Sindh Assembly to prevent forcible shutdown strikes, violence and such illegal activities in future through severe punishments.
Qaim said that public perception about the forcibly strikes was very much adverse, and people have been fed up and looking towards government for support and enabling them to earn their livelihood and send their children to schools in peaceful atmosphere. “We are determined to get the people of Karachi out of this torment of such forcible strikes. People and business community should support the government in their own interest,” he hoped.
The CM said necessary amendments to be made in the existing laws of investigation, prosecution to ensure fair trial and legality of JIT and expeditious disposal of the cases.
Qaim directed the officers to put all the entries and exit points of Karachi under strict vigilance to apprehend the criminals who are fleeing from Karachi due to successful action by the Rangers and Sindh Police.
The meeting also formed a committee with Secretary Home, IG Police, Prosecutor General and representative from each security agencies to nominate police stations in the city where cases against the criminals arrested by the Rangers be registered. The Inspector General of Sindh Police briefed the meeting about the raids, encounters, arrests and killings of criminals and recovery of arms and ammunitions since September 5.
He said except killing of two police constables, no target killing so far had been reported and now this heinous crime had been reduced to zero.
He said yesterday during the forcible strikes in the city, the culprits were arrested on the spot while torching the vehicles on the road. He said action was being taken against the criminals without any discrimination. The representatives from other law enforcement agencies also briefed the meeting about the ongoing targeted operation in the city.
Provincial Ministers Sharjeel Memon, Dr Sikander Mehndro, Sindh Chief Secretary Aijaz Chaudhry, Sindh Police IG Shahid Nadeem Baloch, DG Rangers Maj Gen Rizwan Akhtar, Advocate General and other officers of concerned organisations participated in the meeting.