Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday directed the authorities concerned to immediately implement Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) to deal with the heinous crimes and offenders in Karachi. He directed the law enforcement agencies and the Sindh Government to shift terrorists to other provinces for trials, so that safety of prosecutors and witnesses was ensured.
The Prime Minister issued these directives while chairing a meeting to review law and order situation here at Governor House. Speaking on the occasion, the prime minister observed that restoration of peace in Karachi was of vital importance as it was the economic hub of the country. “Karachi operation will continue till fulfilment of its objectives,” he said and added, “I stand by police and Rangers and they should treat criminals as criminals and must not care about the criminals’ affiliations.” He directed that all illegal cellular phone SIMs should be blocked and biometrics system be henceforth used for issuance of new SIMs.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister was apprised that request for establishment of new anti-terrorism courts and appointment of new judges had been sent to the Chief Justice Sindh High Court. It was also informed that 41 proxy prisoners were identified through Nadra verification process as these persons had been in prisons in place of real criminals. Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, who was present during the meeting, assured that an inquiry would be held in this matter. The Prime Minister emphasised that high value and hardened criminals should be tried in other provinces and mafias inside jails be dismantled. Nawaz Sharif was briefed that since September this year a total of 63,475 raids and 455 encounters took place, while 74 target killers and terrorists were arrested. The meeting was attended by Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad, Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif, Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal, Chief Secretary Sindh, Director General Rangers, Inspector General of Police Sindh and other senior government officers.