Karachi, March 30, 2016 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that the maintenance of law and order in the province was top priority of his government. “The country is passing through a very sensitive phase of its history, particularly after the arrest of a RAW agent from Balochistan and his disclosures that his agents were operating in Karachi. Therefore, necessary measures are required to be taken against them.”
He said this while presiding over a high level meeting on law and order situation in the province here at the CM House today. The chief minister said that there were three different issues such arrest of RAW agent from Balochistan and his disclosures of operating in Karachi also, over all law and order situation and sit-in of some religious parties at Nimaish. These issues are important and there should be a clear cut policy and strategy to handle them.
The meeting was told that the different agencies have arrested a number of criminals who had received training from India. This shows that the arrested RAW agent from Balochistan might have links with them and have operated in Karachi through some of them. The chief minister directed the concerned agencies to work on those lines so that RAW network, if any, in the province, particularly in Karachi could be crushed.
The meeting also pointed out that the after falls of arrest of RAW agent cannot be ruled out. Therefore, necessary measures have been taken to further strengthen the intelligence network. Proper vigilance of the markets, parks, schools and other important places like railway stations, bus stands, hospitals have been made more effective. The chief minister said that Lahore-like soft attacks must be avoided through intelligence sharing and expanded CCTV coverage.
It was pointed out that the sit-in at Nimaish Chowrangi has disturbed the traffic flow almost in the entire city. A similar dharna has also been staged at Islamabad. The security of the people gathered at Nimaish is also a big question in such a situation when agent of an enemy country is arrested. On this the chief minister said that he was leading a political government. “I am of the view that they should be handled with dialogue. I am not in favour of using force,” he said and urged the commissioner Karachi to talk to them and convince them to disburse peacefully in the larger interest of the city.
The chief minister pointed out that the incidents of kidnapping for ransom and short-term kidnappings have started emerging again. Street crime has come down but it is yet to be addressed properly. On this IGP AD Khwaja said that the police was intolerant on kidnapping and such other heinous crime.
“The SIU in an encounter recovered Mr Rehan and his daughter (the owner of a cement factory) who were kidnapped on March 22, 2016 from DHA Phase-VIII,” he said and added that all the three kidnappers Qasim, Bilal and Usman were killed in encounter and they had demanded Rs25 million ransom from the kidnapped, father and daughter.
The DG Rangers, Major General Bilal Akbar also briefed the meeting on the operation going on against the terrorists in the city. He added that there was close coordination among all the agencies and they all are operating in the national interest. He said that he had solid data of the criminals working for RAW and other terrorists in Karachi and in the other parts of the province.
The agencies pointed that operation against terrorists have been launched in Ranjapur, therefore they could come down to the katcha area of Sindh province. They suggested to seal the borders through necessary measures. On this the chief minister directed that chief secretary and IGP to coordinate with Punjab and share necessary information with each other.
It was also pointed out that 2.8 million aligns are living in Karachi and in some other areas of the province. The Afghanis are being repatriated as per policy of the federal government and as far as the illegal immigrants are concerned the meeting decided to launch crackdown against them. The Chief Minister directed the chief secretary to facilitate the IDPs of Operation Zarb-e-Azb for repatriation. Pakistan Army has started their resettlement in their respective areas in north and South Waziristan and Bajur.
Those who attended the meeting include provincial ministers Syed Murad Ali Shah, Sohail Siyal, Murtaza Wahab, Maula Bux Chandio, Dr Qayoom Soomro, chief secretary Siddique Memon, DG Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar, IG Sindh AD Khwaja, Additional IG CTD Sanaullah Abbasi, Secretary to CM (U and B) Iqbal Durani, Home Secretary Syed Jamal Shah, Commissioner Karachi Asif Hyder Shah, officers of intelligence agencies and others.
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