KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has directed the heads of Sindh Police and Rangers to prepare a comprehensive contingency plan for conducting a specific surgical operation with full force to root out gangsters from Lyari.
Presiding over a meeting to review the situation of law and order at the CM’s House, he said that any delay in this action would cause a negative impact on the achievements made during the ongoing targeted operation in Karachi. “Enough is enough! The government will not tolerate killing of innocent people.”
Addressing the meeting, the CM said that the government had improved the situation of law and order in Karachi to a considerable level, and the rate of most heinous crimes had been decreased, which was even acknowledged by the elite citizens and the business community, but the fight between gangsters in Lyari was negatively impacting these achievements.
He directed the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to find out ways – whatever they deem suitable – to fight criminals, adding that the Sindh government would extend full support to them.
However, he asked them to carry out a specific surgical operation in such a way that no innocent citizen suffered.
The CM also endorsed the suggestion of getting red warrants issued against the heads of gangs who had reportedly managed to escape abroad.
The CM further directed that the construction of illegal/without permission seminaries and activities/‘fund’ collection in the name of charity by banned organisation should be stopped with immediate effect.
The CM directed the deputy commissioners and SPs in the province to go through and identify the unregistered seminaries within their areas and get these closed, failing which they would be held responsible for negligence.
Qaim directed the authorities concerned to expedite their process of purchasing armoured personnel carriers (APC), bulletproof vehicles and vests, and latest weapons, for which special relaxation in rules had been provided.
He said that such types of arms and equipment were very much essential for conducting a successful operation. He said that the Sindh government had authorised them to purchase the equipment independently at their satisfaction, and observed that any delay in this work would cause more losses to police.
The CM said that Karachi was an important international city and the face of Pakistan, due to which the prime minister and foreign investors were taking keen interest in the situation in the city. “All are interested in making investments here, so we must maintain law and order.”
Meanwhile, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon stressed the need for preparing a foolproof security plan for Lyari.
He said that strict operation should be conducted in Lyari across the board. He also recommended closing all entries and exit points being used by gangsters of Lyari. He also endorsed the suggestion for issuing red warrants against the heads of gangs.
Earlier, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Syed Mumtaz Shah, IG Iqbal Mehmood, Additional IG (Karachi) Shahid Hayat and officers from LEAs briefed the meeting on the performance of law enforcers and the targeted operation in Karachi. They also informed the meeting about the future strategy in this regard. They were of the view that as compared to their previous performance, the rate, especially of heinous crimes, had decreased in the city, except in Lyari.
They said that a surgical operation was being mulled to end gang wars in Lyari. The meeting was informed that five harden criminals had been shifted out of the province, while 80 such criminals had been imprisoned in the interior Sindh.
The meeting also recommended adopting foolproof security measure, especially at Sukkur Jail.
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