ISLAMABAD - Today’s special cabinet meeting being held in Karachi on the law and order situation will also discuss the issues being faced by the Karachi Police, including shortage of strength, and lack of training, arms and vehicles.
The top brass of the Sindh Police has already informally discussed the issues faced by the metropolitan city police in a meeting at the federal interior ministry and they were asked to take up these matters in the special cabinet meeting, official sources in the federal government informed.
An official of the ministry of interior privy to such developments said that Sindh Police would ask for provision of modern weapons as well as ammunition required to counter the target killers and militant groups. Similarly, Sindh Police are facing shortage of strength as well as vehicles necessary to launch targeted operation in the port city.
The official said that the interior ministry had no allocated funds to meet the operational requirements of any provincial police concerned, as after the passage of 18th Amendment, police of provinces were not under the control of the interior ministry.
He further said that however the Prime Minister in the cabinet meeting could give special approval and ask the finance minister to release special funds for the operational requirement of the Karachi police.
The purchase of armoured personnel carrier (APC) vehicles for Karachi Police would also be taken up at the special meeting, besides the issue of shortage of police strength. The targeted operation in the most troubled areas could not be launched without the help bulletproof APC vehicles.
According to unconfirmed official figures, Karachi police have a total strength of 29,000 personnel in Karachi, besides traffic police.
The presence of large number of civil armed forces including Rangers in city is in addition to the strength of the police.
However, the Sindh government has conveyed to the federal government that the present strength of police in Karachi was unable to control law and order situation in the city and more recruitment in the police would be required.
The subject of recruitments in the police totally belonged to Sindh government; however, the federal government could enhance the strength of Rangers personnel in Karachi and allocate special funds for the capacity building of city police.
The Sindh Police would also ask the federal government to arrange special short-term training courses for the Karachi Police through the armed forces, so that the police personnel would get training to use modern weapons.
The federal government had already offered its services to the Balochistan Police to get its personnel trained by the armed forces and the army had announced to give 5000 SMGs (small machine guns) to the provincial police free of cost.