KARACHI: Sindh government decided on Wednesday to approach the Interpol for arresting and bringing the criminals from foreign countries who were released on parole during the government of former Sindh chief minister Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim.
"The provincial government, however, has not yet decided to register a case against Dr Rahim," said Sindh Information Minister, Sharjeel Inam Memon during a press briefing at the Sindh Chief Minister House.
The press briefing was followed by a high-level meeting at the CM House chaired by the provincial chief executive Syed Qaim Ali Shah to review the law and order situation and progress of the law enforcement agencies and other authorities concerned.
In order to maintain law and order and rid the port city of criminals, the meeting, he said, reached a decision to contact the Interpol for arresting the 45 criminals that were released from jail on parole during the previous government of the then CM Sindh, Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim.
He said that the LEAs had informed the meeting in detail about the progress, stating that agencies nabbed around 12,000 criminals from the metropolis on various charges of crimes and terrorism.
The minister said that the meeting had further decided to approach the chief justice Sindh High Court for trying the cases of high profile criminals in other provinces in anti-terrorism courts. The hardened criminals would also be shifted to jails in other provinces and the LEAs had been directed to expedite their efforts for bringing the absconders to the task at the earliest. The meeting also reviewed the progress of the prosecution regarding submission of challans of the arrested criminals. Sindh provincial government will appoint private lawyers for speedy trail of the arrested hardened criminals, he added.
The meeting was of the opinion that the Defence of Pakistan Ordinance promulgated by the president was lacking implementation. Participants said the ordinance had made it mandatory for ATCs to ensure speedy trial of the arrested hardened criminals and give their judgments in a week, which is actually not the case.
Memon said that in order to block all illegal mobile phone SIMs, the meeting decided to once again take on board the mobile phone network companies so that the menace could be curbed once for all. The mobile phone network companies had informed the apex court during hearing of the Karachi lawlessness case at the Karachi Registry that they would block all such illegal mobile phone SIMs and would apply a biometric system for the issuance of new Sims to the subscribers.
However, the Federal Government has not yet formulated any strategy in this regard. Sindh provincial government would ask the mobile phone companies to block all such illegal mobile phone Sims and adopt a new strategy to scrutinise the valid mobile phone Sims from the beginning.
He said that he had also discovered that seven illegal mobile phone SIMs were issued on his name.
The minister said 45 criminals who were released on parole during the previous government had completed their parole time limits in 2008 but they were still at large and now Sindh provincial government had issued strict directives to the LEAs to arrest them and those that had fled abroad would be brought back with the help of Interpol. All the 45 criminals were affiliated to a political party of Sindh. Particulars of those 45 criminals including their snaps will also be issued to the press and media while Sindh Home Department has been issued directives to fix bounty on high-profile criminals for their arrests, whether dead or alive.
He said that Sindh government could not give any time limit for the completion of the ongoing targeted operation in the metropolis; however, the provincial government was determined to rid the city of criminals, no matter whether it takes six month or over a year to accomplish the target. Sindh government, he said, was also determined to bring the 457 terrorists to task and would not compromise over their political affiliations. He had categorically rejected the idea of formation of a monitoring committee for the ongoing targeted operation in the city.
He said the LEAs had recovered variety of weapons from the possession of the arrested hardened criminals, which was used in target killings of clerics and religious scholars.
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