Independent agency sought to evaluate actual crime rate

September 1, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Ghulam Haider Jamali, Inspector General of Police Sindh, while highlighting the progress of ongoing target operation in Karachi, claimed that improvement has been witnessed in law and order situation of Karachi as they have witnessed substantial reduction in incidents pertaining to murder, kidnapping for ransom and bank robberies etc. during the past three months.

“However, street crimes, particularly incidents pertaining to phone snatching are still high and the police department is making efforts to effectively eradicate this threat from the society”, he added while speaking at a meeting during his visit to Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday.

Additional IG Sindh, Ghulam Qadir Thebo, Chairman Businessmen Group & Former President KCCI, Siraj Kassam Teli, Vice Chairman BMG, Anjum Nisar, President KCCI, Abdullah Zaki, Senior Vice President KCCI, Muffasar A. Malik, Vice President KCCI, Muhammad Idrees, Former Presidents KCCI, A. Q. Khalil & Majyd Aziz, CPLC Chief Ahmed Chinoy, Chairman Site Association of Industry Younus M. Bashir, Chairman Law and Order Sub-Committee KCCI, Haji Asif Chamdia, PCLC Chief Hafeez Aziz and KCCI Managing Committee members attended the meeting.

IGP Sindh pointed out that the performance of police department can further be gauged from the fact that a total of 145 murders have been reported during 2014 against 260 murders in 2013 while not a single incident pertaining to bank robberies has been reported and only three cases pertaining to kidnapping have been reported during the past three months against 25 cases of kidnapping for ransom last year. “It is our prime objective to restore peace across the city. Although it is not possible to completely make Karachi a crime free city, but we are making all out efforts and utilizing all resources to drastically bring down crime rate”, he added, and sought KCCI’s support and encouragement in this regard.

He said that police officers are sacrificing their lives every day for the sake of restoring peace in the city and they deserve to be appreciated.

On the occasion, Additional IG Sindh Ghulam Qadir Thebo informed that traffic police department planned to launch Driving License Mobile facility which would be inaugurated by IG Sindh at Karachi Press Club on Friday. He said that this Driving License Facility would be deployed at KCCI and other town associations of the city as well so that the business community could benefit from this one-window and corruption-free facility.

Arguing over statistical figures unveiled by Additional IGP Sindh during the meeting, Chairman Businessmen Group and former President KCCI, Siraj Kassam Teli, said that these statistical figures were just misguiding the government, general public and the business community. He noted that some improvement had been witnessed during the past few months, but the overall law and order situation remained volatile and lot more needs to be done.

He was of the view that averages and percentages being highlighted by police officers were based on reported cases only but the ground reality was much worse as many criminal cases were not being reported by the victims.

To find out the exact figures, Teli suggested that an independent agency should be given the task to carry out a survey of criminal activities, which must include reported and unreported cases. This independent agency should evaluate the actual crime rate of the city which will surely help in bringing the exact facts and figures into limelight.

Teli said that the upper hierarchy in the police department was very honest and efficient. They have maintained good interaction with the business community, which has resulted in improving the situation but it was still a long way to go.

Appreciating various initiatives undertaken by police and rangers in the west zone of the city where law and order situation has improved substantially, Teli urged that similar strategies should be undertaken in other districts as well, particularly the Old City areas.

“Police cannot bring positive changes alone but collective efforts are needed to make Karachi city a secure and business friendly city”, he added.

Earlier, while welcoming the IG Sindh, President KCCI, Abdullah Zaki, said that rising criminal activities, including target killings, violence, kidnapping for ransom, extortions, street crimes and some cases of hijacking of trade goods’ vehicles etc, had resulted in closure of businesses, flight of capital and rising unemployment, besides create hurdles in way of Karachi city’s leading role as major contributor to national exchequer.

President KCCI pointed out that deteriorating law & order situation in Karachi fatally affects the industrial and commercial activities. Import and export activities at the ports suffer while supplies to upcountry destinations are also choked.

On behalf of the entire business community of Karachi, he assured full support to law enforcing agencies and the government in effectively dealing with the menace of lawlessness. Only secure atmosphere can put the economic hub of Pakistan on the path to progress, prosperity and national stability, he added.

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