To fight terror, Sindh wants PPO-like laws

Pakistan on 04 February 2014
Location : Karachi | Source : International News. Image Source: Flickr user Defence Images

The Sindh chief minister has stressed the need to pass laws like the recently promulgated Pakistan Protection Ordinance (PPO) to eliminate terrorism in the province.
Qaim Ali Shah said this on Tuesday while chairing a meeting with senior police officials at the Central Police Office, where he formally launched the FM radio station of traffic police.
He also took part in the inaugural broadcast service of the new FM channel and termed its launch a major step for the police force in its efforts to keep the public informed about any emergency situation, including accidents and law and order flare ups.
The chief minister claimed modern equipment would be provided to the police within the next two months to help curb crimes. Karachi, he said, being the largest city and hub of Pakistan’s economic and financial activities attracted widespread attention within and outside the country whenever the law and order situation deteriorated in the metropolitan city.
“Some countries are willing to provide modern equipment to the Sindh police,” he said. The US has already decided to donate Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS). The police force would begin using the system within the next couple of months.
Shah said the confidence of public in law enforcement agencies had increased phenomenally, especially in the aftermath of SP Chaudhry Aslam’s assassination. He said since terrorism and lawlessness were national issues, the federal and provincial governments had combined their efforts to launch the ongoing operation in Karachi. The provincial government, he claimed, had been able to achieve the desired results owing to the courageous performance of police and Rangers.
He went on to announce monetary prizes for those police officers who had bravely taken part in encounters and captured criminals or terrorists.
The chief minister claimed that equal importance was being given to matters related to investigation, prosecution, and convictions, from the side of law enforcement authorities of the province so that every criminal or terrorist was brought to justice.
“The police are going to accelerate their operations to bring to justice proclaimed offenders and other notorious criminals roaming about in the province,” he said, adding that at present every officer of the Sindh police was under strict obligation to discharge his duties with complete honesty, dedication and devotion.
The chief minister expressed his satisfaction with the performance of the Sindh police and keeping in view its early successes, several Pakistani and international organisations had offered their technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in the province to combat lawlessness and terrorism.
“We are getting positive feedbacks to the recent performance and achievements of Sindh police and Rangers in restoring law and order in the city,” he said. “After reviewing the encouraging remarks regarding the ongoing targeted operation, the government has decided to procure bulletproof vehicles and vests, helmets, modern weapons and ammunition, and other equipment for raising the crime-fighting capability of Sindh police.”
In his briefing to the chief minister, Karachi AIG Shahid Hayat said the police would be able to use the IBIS within the next couple of months. The IBIS would help the police investigators trace the origins and nature of weapons and ammunitions being used in terrorist and criminal activities in the province.
He added that arrangements had been completed for shifting 51 convicts and 100 under-trial prisoners currently interned in Karachi’s jails to other cities or outside the province.
The chief minister was also briefed about the statistics of the ongoing targeted operation against criminals and terrorists in Karachi since September 5, 2013, to date.
A number of senior police officials were also present at the formal launch of the FM radio station at the police headquarters.

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