KARACHI - Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah has approved a police plan to introduce e-tagging of repeat offenders for which 7,500 lawbreakers have been identified to be e-tagged in the first phase.

He took this decision while presiding over a meeting here at CM House on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Law Advisor Murtaza Wahab, IG Police Mushtaq Maher, Addl IG Karachi Ghulam Nabi Memon, PSCM Fayaz Jatoi, Home Secretary Saeed Mangnijo, DIGs, Sharjeel Kharal, Nasir Aftab and others.

The chief minister said that in his last meeting on street crime he had directed the police to start extensive patrolling and take strict action against street criminals. He also said that he had directed the police and administration to start removing drug addicts from the streets and such other places. At this, the Addl IG Police said that from January to Feb 28, some 143 encounters were made against street criminals in which 143 criminals were killed and 147 injured. He added that 1,446 criminals had been arrested.

The chief minister was told that patrolling had been increased in the city and intelligence-based targeted operations are also in progress.

As far as e-tagging of the repeat offenders, the IG Police disclosed that 7,500 offenders had been identified who were either on bail or at large. Advisor law Murtaza Wahab said that a draft law for e-tagging of repeat offenders had been prepared and sent for vetting. The chief minister formally approved the proposal of e-tagging of repeat criminals and directed his law advisor to expedite its vetting so that it could be discussed and approved in the cabinet.

Murtaza Wahab says draft law for e-tagging of repeat offenders sent for vetting

Giving progress of arranging a Rehabilitation Centre for drug addicts, Chief Secretary Mumtaz said that he had identified a suitable place at Gulshan-e-Maymar where drug addicts would be rehabilitated. At this the chief minister directed the chief secretary to provide all the required facilities at the proposed centre so that police could start lifting the drug addicts from the streets and send them there for rehabilitation.

“The drug addicts are involved in street crime; therefore, their removal from the street is most important,” he said.

Discussing the cancellation of bails of repeat criminals and strengthening prosecution, Murad Ali Shah directed Advisor Law and IG Police to engage a panel of leading lawyers so that they could be engaged for prosecution of criminals and cancellation of their bails.

The CM also directed the police to arrange prosecution through competent private lawyers in high profile cases. “I want to put a sizable number of lawyers on a panel and the complainant of the case will have the choice to select any lawyer out of the panel to prosecute his case,” he said.