CM orders surgical operation in Lyari, closure of illegal seminaries

KARACHI: The Chief Minister, Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, has directed the heads of Sindh Police and Rangers to prepare a comprehensive contingency plan for conducting specific, strict, surgical operation with full force against Lyari gangsters.

Presiding over a meeting of law & order at CM House Karachi on Thursday, Qaim Shah said that any delay in this action would cause negative impact on achievements of ongoing targeted operation in Karachi. He said that the government would not tolerate killing of innocent people.

The Chief Minister Sindh also endorsed the suggestion for getting the red warrants issued against the heads of gang war, who reportedly have managed to escape abroad.

He directed that the construction of illegal seminaries and activities of fund collection in the name of charity by banned organizations should be stopped with immediate effect.

He directed the Deputy Commissioners and SPs in the province pinpoint such seminaries and close them immediately. He said that in case of any negligence, the concerned official would be responsible.

The Chief Minister directed the authorities concern for expediting their process for purchasing armored personnel carriers, bullet proof vehicles, bullet proof vests and latest weapons for which special relaxation in rules has already been provided. He said that such type of arms and equipments were very much essential for conducting successful operation.

“Karachi is an important international city. It is the face of Pakistan and due to these facts the federal government and foreign investors were taking keen interest in peace of Karachi.”

Speaking on the occasion, the Sindh Minister for Information and Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon stressed the need of preparing a foolproof security plan for Lyari. He said that strict operation should be conducted in the Lyari across the board. He also recommended closing all such entry and exit points being used by gangsters of Lyari.

Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Syed Mumtaz Shah, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Iqbal Mehmood, Additional IG Karachi Shahid Hayat and officers from law enforcement authorities briefed the meeting about their performances during ongoing targeted operation in Karachi and also their future strategy.

They were of the view that as compared to previous performance, the rate especially of heinous crimes has been decreased in the city, except Lyari.

The meeting was informed that five hardened criminals have been shifted outside the province while 80 such criminals shifted outside Karachi in the prisons of interior Sindh.

The meeting also recommended for adopting foolproof security measures especially at the Sukkur Jail. It was informed that newly established four ATC Courts have started functioning.

The Prosecutor General Sher Muhammad Shaikh informed the meeting that conviction to the criminals has already been started.

He said that conviction in four cases was awarded on February 27 and 28 while conviction in another four cases have also been awarded in the month of March 2014.

Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiyana, Principal Secretary to CM Rai Sikandar, Advocate General Fatah Malik, and senior officer from LEAS also attended the meeting.

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