Sindh govt decides to expedite ongoing targeted operation

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KARACHI: Sindh government has decided to expedite the ongoing targeted operation with full force and maintain law and order situation in Karachi.A meeting chairing by Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah acceded the decisions of the meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held on May 14, 2014.The Sindh Cabinet recommended federal government for providing financial package up to Rs 27 billion for up gradation of police stations, strengthening and equipping the Sindh Police and enabling it to take targeted operation to its success.This 1st Sindh government power policy draft came under discussion that contained the proposals for establishment of Sindh Transmission and Dispatch Company (STDC) to transmit the power to be generated by Sindh government in future. Besides, establishment of Sindh Power Development Board (SPDB) and National Electric Power Regulatory Authority like institutions with Sindh government was also proposed to regulate the power to be generated by Sindh in future.The Cabinet decided for establishing a separate Counter Terrorism Department, providing latest training to the corps of Rapid Response Force (RRF) and doing legislation to clean up the Sindh Police from its black sheep.All provincial ministers, advisers and special assistants, chief secretary Home, all secretaries of other departments and senior member of revenue discussed the matters relating to law and order, issues of illegal immigrants and eradication of polio, measles and Rubella virus from Sindh in details and made decisions with consensus.The Cabinet expressed its satisfaction over the performance of law enforcing agencies in implementing targeted operation in Karachi against the terrorist, extortionist and kidnappers without any discrimination.Declaring 26 police stations of Karachi and three prisons, including Karachi, Hyderabad and Larkana Central prisons as sensitive, the Cabinet approved the decision of Sindh government for increasing salaries of police force at these sensitive police stations and strengthening security with structures and more force at these sensitive central jails. The Cabinet decided and directed the Inspector General of Police Sindh for providing foolproof security to all mosques, imam barghas and mandirs/minorities specially in the interior Sindh. The chief secretary Sindh informed the meeting schemes for shifting of the Anti Terrorist Courts to Malir Cantt was in the way. He informed red warrants against the criminals who have been escaped from the country sent to the federal government for onward transmission to the Interpol Police.He informed the meeting process of recruiting 10,000 police force, 2,000 Army personals and 400 investigation officers was in progress.He said out of 705 cases challaned in the ATC, 59 have been decided. He said 5 convicted prisoners have been shifted to the prisons outside the province and 77 outside the Karachi.The Acting IGP Sindh Ghulam Haider Jamali briefing Sindh Cabinet meeting informed due to the targeted operation 33 percent decreases has been made in murder cases, 65 percent drop in target killing, 6 percent decrease in street crime, 9 percent decrease in registration of extortion cases.He said 188 accused arrested and challaned during the ongoing operation and all were in the jail. Besides, 850 accused wanted in murder cases have also been arrested. The Sindh Cabinet discussed and deliberated over the 1st power policy draft tabled by the adviser to CM for Energy and Finance Murad Ali Shah and decided the Cabinet members would go through the proposed draft and share their recommendations within 15 days.The secretary Energy during briefing was of the view Sindh government was actively launching the power projects in Annual Development Programmes on Private-Public Partnership mode of investment and trying its best to cover the power shortage from its own productions before completion of this tenure of PPP government.It was recommended renewable energy such as solar energy and wind energy to be encouraged to resolve the grievances of the people. Sindh Cabinet expressing its apprehension over excess billing and increasing load shedding durations from 16 to 20 hours in interior Sindh recommended to the federal government to reconcile its billing for justified payment and reduce the duration of load shedding failing, which matter would be taken to the Council of Common Interest meeting. The Sindh Cabinet recommended to the federal government NARA be merged into the National Database Regulatory Authority and NADRA be assigned for this job of NARA. Chief Minister Sindh said targeted operation against the terrorists, extortionists and kidnappers were launched with the consultation of all stakeholders of Karachi in September 2013 and since then it was being carried out across the board.

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