KARACHI: The Sindh government is all set to impose Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure against swimming in the beaches of Karachi.
Section 144 bans any gathering of more than four people at one place for rallies and protests.
Further, one more body has been found– increasing the total number of bodies to 22 recovered by the Navy Sea King helicopter.
Earlier, at least 19 bathers had drowned and four were missing in the rough seas off Karachi, officials said on Thursday, after defying a ban on swimming in rough waters during the monsoon season.
Eighteen of the bodies were recovered off the Clifton Beach area (Sea View), while one was found off Hawks Bay.
Senior police officer Ibadat Nisar said: “The government imposed a ban on swimming in the sea before the start of the monsoon season in June and police were deployed to implement the ban, but people became violent.”
Relatives of some of the missing were gathered at Clifton beach, anxiously awaiting word of their loved ones. The Bahria helicopter pulled four bodies out of the sea, and rescue teams from Edhi and Chhipa are still present as rescue efforts are still underway.
Police had attempted to dispel the crowd from the beach on Thursday as people were still flocking to the sea for picnics. The attempt to clear the beach by the police got a little violent with the crowd. Police have blocked the road leading to Hawks Bay beach for security purposes, resulting in heavy traffic. The orders came from IG Sindh on Thursday morning.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of lives at Karachi beaches during Eid holidays.
In a message on Thursday, he condoled with the bereaved families and prayed for deliverance of the departed souls.
He directed the administration to ensure strict implementation of ban on bathing at the beaches.
The chief minister has sought inquiry report into the deaths in sea related incidents from Commissioner Karachi and Inspector General of Sindh Police.
Meanwhile, Qaim Ali Shah said that law and order situation is better in Sindh province now and target killing in Karachi has been reduced by 60pecent and other crimes by 40precent.
Talking to media after offering Fateha on the graves of Bhutto family leaders here on the Eid day, he said many extortionists have been arrested. He said that during 11 months of operation in Karachi more than 200 policemen have embraced martyrdom. He said that police will get training under the supervision of retried army officers. He said few months ago 20 to 22 kidnapped people were in captivity of the dacoits but now only 3 to 4 kidnapped persons are in the custody of criminal gangs.
He said Sindh produces 70% of total gas production of the country but it gets only 22 to 24% in return. He said the government had announced to end power load shedding in three months but 12 to 14 hours electricity outage is being made in this hot weather.
Chief Minister said that reforms are being made in primary education. He said five district level hospitals will be established within a couple of months. He said that 44 dispensaries will also be upgraded. He further said that 500 doctors have been recruited so far.
He said that only 3500 IDPs have arrived in Sindh who are staying at Ganjo Takar in Hyderabad and they are being looked after properly. He said that out of these 400 to 500 people have already gone back.
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