Qaim sees ‘encouraging results’ of Karachi operation

January 19, 2015 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) to intensify and strengthen vigilance at the entry and exit points of the province. “The ongoing targeted operation has produced encouraging results and I want you to further intensify it. We are committed with our people to purge the province of terrorist elements,” he said while presiding over a meeting on law and order at CM House on Tuesday.

The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiana, DG Rangers Maj General Bilal Akbar, IGP Sindh Ghulam Hyder Jamali, Principal Secretary to CM Alamudin Bullo, Adl IG Karachi Ghulam Qadir Thebo and others.

Briefing chief MinisterSyed Qaim Ali Shah, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ghulam Hyder Jamali said that the targeted operation has given good results. “If the 496 days of targeted operation are compared with the corresponding 496 days 337 percent more criminals have been killed in encounters, 16 percent more target killers arrested, 285 percent more terrorist arrested and 96 percent more extortionists have been apprehended,” he claimed.

He said during the 496 days of operation 766 criminals have been killed as against 175 of corresponding period , 1399 target killers arrested as against 1200 of previous period, 478 terrorists arrested as against 124, 463 extortionists held as against 236 and 17932 arrested as against 13859 during the 496 corresponding days.

Giving details of target killing, IGP Jamali said that during the 496 days of operation 2,465 persons were killed as against 3848 person during the same period before operation. This shows 35 percent reduction in killing incidents. Similarly, target killing has come down by 56 percent. During the operation 1,240 persons were killed in target as against 2881 during the same period before start of operation.

He said that during 2014, 136 policemen lost their lives in the line of duty in Karachi and 47 in rest of Sindh. “The police arrested 41 accused and killed 22 criminals in encounters,” he said.

On a query, Jamali said that 315 cases have been completed to present their challans in teh court, of them 194 cases have been identified as terrorist cases to be referred to Military Court. Out of 194 cases of terrorism 28 are in District East, 16 in South, four of CID, 95 of Benazirabad, 17 of Hyderabad division, 26 of Larkana Ddivision and 8 of Sukkur Division.

He said that there were 40 cases of kidnapping for ransom in Karachi and 60 in rest of Sindh when he took over and now the figures has came down to three in Karachi and four in rest of Sindh. He said that a dedicated force of 700 police personnel have been earmarked for polio campaign under the command of DIGP RRF.

Chief Minister directed the IGP to make the investigation system more efficient. “I want timely compellation of investigation and submission of challans in the court.. You have to strengthen your entire system for proper implementation of National Action Plan,” he said.

The Director General of Rangers Maj General Akbar Bilal giving a presentation to the chief minister said that the Rangers have conducted 570 operational activities in Lyari during the period of targeted operation starting from September 5, 2013. 165 encounters have been conducted and recovered 741 bigger weapons.

He said that gang war was going on in Lyari between two major groups, Uzair Baloch and Baba Ladla. “We have set up 36 check posts in Lyari, of them five at entrance points and 31 pickets inside and on the roof top,” he said.

Major General Bilal further said that the Rangers have arrested or eliminated hardened criminals involved in kidnapping for ransom in Karachi and interior areas of Sindh. The worth mentioning are Tego Khan Tegani, TTP leader Abid Muchhar- a Mehsood tribesman, his accomplice Suri. They were involved in kidnapping for ransom in Defence and Clifton areas. Their arrests have brought a clear reduction in such cases.

The DG Rangers said that there was a dire need of developing a separate command and control system in Lyari under which electronic surveillance of each and every street would be made. ‘The project would cost Rs132 million and would be efficient enough to keep an eye on every activity in the area,” he said.

The chief minister asked the DG Rangers to submit the scheme for approval.

DG Rangers also told the chief minister that some 65 Rangers personnel have lost their lives in the line of their duty. The federal government has released compensation of only 38 personnel. On this Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali assured him that his government would release the remaining compensation.

Sindh Home Secretary Abdul Rahim Soomro briefing the meeting said that he had held a number of follow up meetings of sub committees formed under National Action Programme.

He said being head of Execution Committee comprising Brigadier IS 5 corps, DDG Rangers, additional IGs, CTD and Karachi, deputy high commissioner Afghan Refugees, Representatives of NAB, FIA and secretary Minorities department, District Officer FC Sindh convened a meeting in his office.

He said in the meeting operational framework , dealing with tactical issues, inter agency coordination and coordination with federal government were discussed.

Soomro also said that the meeting of legal committee, media committee and intelligence committee has also been held for which minutes would be provided to the chief minister.

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