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Five killed in firing incidents

* SHC summons in-charge of Karachi operation

KARACHI: At least five people lost their lives in separate firing incidents and another one died in a road accident in last 24 hours across the city. 
According to rescue sources, the bullet riddled bodies of two unknown men, aged 30 to 35, were recovered from Surjani Town near Gulshan-e-Kaneez and shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for an initial autopsy. 
While two alleged militants of banned outfit were killed in a police encounter in Superhighway. Moreover, the identities of the deceased were yet to be disclosed.
In another incident, Hazrat, 27, son of Khurrum died as the result of vehicle crash near Al Asif Square and shifted to Abbas Shaheed Hospital for necropsy. 
Yet in another incident, Akbar Afridi, aged 24, son of Meer died of bullet injuries in residential apartment in Phase II, Khayaban-e-Mujahid, Defense Housing Authority area and shifted to Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre for inspection of death causes.
Summoned: Meanwhile, the Sindh High Court (SHC) directed on Tuesday the in-charge Karachi operation to appear before it and submit comprehensive report on the mechanism and manner in which the operation is being carried out by law enforcement agencies (LEAs) in the city.
A division bench headed by Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh gave this direction while hearing a petition filed by Fakhruddin who sought recovery of his son Arshad who has been missing since March 2013.
Counsel for petitioner said that the alleged detainee was taken away by LEAs in the presence of witnesses on March 10, 2013 from Usmanabad and since then there was no clue to him. He told the judges that FIR No 121/2013 was registered at Garden police station but police had made no progress tracing out him.  
The bench observed, Number of petitions pertaining to missing men allegedly picked up during ongoing operation were pending disposal since long but except submitting comments by LEAs no progress for their recovery was made. 
Hence, the court, directed in-charge Karachi operation to place on record the comprehensive report regarding missing men allegedly picked up during operation and spell out the mechanism and manner in which operation is being carried out by law enforcement agencies (LEAs). Hearing of case was adjourned till August 28.
On the other hand, Sindh IGP Ghulam Hyder Jamali has proposed that two legal heirs of martyred police personnel be provided jobs in the Police Department. 
This was told in a meeting chaired by AIGP Finance Fida Hussain Shah at the Central Police Office here, said a statement on Tuesday. He said that the Police Department owns the sacrifices of police personnel and more welfare projects would also be initiated for their families. He also reviewed status of all the cases pertaining to Shaheed or injury compensation and financial assistance. The AIGP Finance directed the officials concerned to expedite the same on priority basis. 
He has issued clear instructions to ensure early disposal of compensation cases and negligence in this regard would not be tolerated, he added. 
The AIGP Finance Sindh Police further reviewed various ongoing welfare schemes/projects with special reference to education and health facilities for the police employees and their family members. He also examined the modes of salary disbursement in police department and directed expeditious computerization of remaining manually drawn salaries throughout the province. 
While reviewing the issues related to electricity billing and meter installations, the AIGP Finance constituted a four-member committee to ensure reconciliation of electricity bills and installations of meters at all police facilities. 
The committee will also ensure removal of, if any, illegal electricity connections in any residential and official facilities. The committee will be comprising of a focal person nominated from CPO, responsible representative of the residential police colonies, Police Inspector concerned and a representative of Karachi Electric. The committee has been given one week time to conduct survey and submit report to ensure compliance to the directives issued by the IGP. 

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