All police personnel to be armed in metropolis

KARACHI: All the police personnel, including the officers and officials of traffic police will be provided weapons. This was decided at a high level meeting presided over by acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh Ghulam Haider Jamali.
The meeting decided police officers would be required to purchase weapons/pistols personally and possess it, while other police officials would be provided with arms from the police department. A summary is being sent to the provincial government in this regard, said a handout issuedon Tuesday.
The IGP Sindh reviewed in detail the cases of target killings and directed the police officials to prepare a proper standard operating procedure to discharge their official responsibilities safely.
The IGP directed the additional IG Karachi and Traffic police to ensure motorcycle checking in affected areas, but the motorcyclists with senior citizens and women should not be harassed, as complaints have been received in this regard.
He said police should not adopt such measures, which cause inconvenience to public. He warned of strict disciplinary action over unnecessary harassment of people.
He directed additional IG Karachi to launch a crackdown against gambling and drug dens in the city and sought progress report of SHOs in this regard.
He also reviewed the cases of kidnapping for ransom. He advised the Karachi police including SHOs, DSPs, SPs and SSPs to play their role for controlling such crimes and coordinate with anti-violent crime cell.
Briefing the meeting on law and order situation in Karachi, additional IG Karachi Ghulam Qadir Thebo said 61 percent decline has been recorded in targeted killings in Karachi since the targeted action against criminals and terrorists was started. 

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