KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has appreciated complete support being extended by the Federal Government to carry out targeted operation against terrorists, with full force.
He said that the Federal Interior Minister has assured the provision of bomb/explosives detecting vehicles to Sindh Police as a step for encouraging and strengthening Sindh Police while Sindh Government has also overcome all difficulties in procurement of APCs, bullet proof vehicles, Jackets/helmets.
He said that these were being now purchased on emergency basis not only to protect policemen but to make them strong enough to meet the challenges of terrorism which according to him was a big threat to the nation.
This he said while addressing the meeting of law and order chaired by Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan here on Thursday.
The Chief Minister said that the Federal government’s support was encouraging and has proved instrumental in making the targeted operation successful.
He said that though some incidents of terrorism have occurred in January and today as well but overall, the crime rate in heinous offenses has considerably declined after targeted operation.
He said the Sindh Government was facing some difficulties in equipping Sindh Police urgently but now Sindh Assembly has passed the Sindh Emergency Procurement Act 2014, procurement of bullet proof vehicles, jackets / helmets was in process and be completed within weeks time.
He said that enhanced salary package for sensitive police stations, recruitment of 400 investigation officers in Sindh Police, establishment of five new Anti Terrorism Courts for trial of cases registered against terrorists during the targeted operation, shifting of hardened convicts from prisons in other province, transfer of sensitive cases to other cities within province for effective prosecution were important steps taken by Sindh Government to make the targeted operation more successful.
However, pointing out the issue of illegal SIMs, he said that process of streamlining of mechanism for verification of illegal SIMs needs should be expedited by Ministry of Interior. He said that “we have encircled the terrorists in Karachi, resultantly reaction is coming from the other side.
The Chief Minister said that in addition to latest equipment, bomb explosive detecting gadgets / vehicles, effective training is needed for Sindh Police and Sindh Government is doing every thing possible to protect the lives and properties of the people and law enforcing personals as well.
Earlier, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah, briefed the meeting about comparative crime rate position in Karachi.
Sindh Minister for Information and Local Government Shajreel Inam Memon, Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotivana, Additional Chief Secretary Home Syed Mumtaz Ali Sindh, IG Sindh Police Shahid Nadeem Baloch and others attended the meeting.