Sindh cabinet meeting endorses ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ operation in NWA

KARACHI: Sindh cabinet that met under the chair of Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah, endorsed the ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ operation launched by the Pakistan Army against militants in North Waziristan.The meeting on possible retaliation by the militants and their associate groups directed Law Enforcing Agencies (LEAs) for making a foolproof and integrated security strategy in Karachi and other parts of the Sindh to meet with any eventuality of terrorists’ reprisal attacks.The Cabinet decided the close liaison between all LEAs including Pakistan Army to ensure prompt and systematic actions against the criminals. The Cabinet decided to sensitise the other stakeholder organisations, management of the public and private installations to beef up their inside and outside security in addition support from LEAs. The Cabinet decided to establish strong check posts at all exit and entry points of Sindh border and same would be jointly monitored by Rangers and Sindh Police to stop aliens and criminals before entering in the jurisdiction of province. It was decided strict checking would be carried out at these check posts, so that no criminal could take the advantage and hide himself in the guise of Internal Displaced Persons (IDPS). It was decided necessary help would be sought from the National Database Registration Authority to identify the nationality of the commuters. As such all the commuters travelling other parts of the country have been advised to keep Computerised National Identity Card with them. The Cabinet decided to establish help line with telephone number to get the information about suspected, terrorist’s activities from the public. The Cabinet directed the IG Police for early procurement of armoured personnel carrier, bullet-proof waist/vehicles enabling the forces to follow and fight the criminals.The Cabinet decided and recommended the highest police medal to the Inspector General of Sindh Police, DIG Munir Shaikh, SSP Pir Muhammad Shah on account of their bravery fight with terrorist during the operation against terrorist at Karachi Airport. Qaim said we were under war and supposed to face the situation with serious efforts. He directed the LEAs not to compromise on the security matters, as it was their prime responsibility. He said though our intelligent agencies, special branch and CID were working well but it would be further developed through modern means to combat the situation with success. He directed the IG Police to expedite the training to newly recruited forces and complete it in shortest possible time. He directed them to put strict vigilance over the slums especially those, which were nearest to the important installations.  IG Sindh Police Iqbal Mehmood and Home Secretary Dr Niaz Abbasi brief the Cabinet about the overall performance of targeted operation and new strategy to combat with any eventuality of retaliation by the terrorist. They said meetings were being conducted with LEAs and Pakistan Army for an effective security plan. The Home Secretary said all the commissioners have been directed to prepare list of installations in their respective areas and identify security threats to these installations. He said the management of the installations pertaining to federal and provincial government has been directed to beef up their security.

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