Targeted operation to be launched in Karachi: Nisar
05 September, 2013
KARACHI: A decision has been taken to immediately launch targeted action in Karachi against terrorists‚ target killers‚ kidnappers for ransom and extortionists. The Interior Minister said that rangers would lead the targeted action and police will have supporting role.
This was announced by Minister for Interior Ch. Nisar Ali Khan while briefing newsmen after special cabinet meeting in Karachi on Wednesday and two days of consultation there on how to address the deteriorating law and situation in the city.
He said hundreds of criminals have been identified in the reports prepared by federal and provincial intelligence agencies and action would be taken against them.
A Committee-led by Chief Minister Sindh and having representation from Federal and Provincial institutions concerned and intelligence agencies would oversee‚ manage‚ administer and control the action.
The Committee will meet at least once a week to review the situation and take necessary decisions.
Another operational committee headed by Director-General Rangers would meet daily and take necessary decisions. The Interior Minister said Rangers would lead the action and Police will have supporting role. He said Federal and Provincial Governments have issued necessary guidelines to empower Rangers and remove its concerns.
The Minister said there should be no doubt that the action would be under the leadership of the provincial chief minister as he has the mandate of the people. He said in case the Federal Government bypasses the provincial government or doesn't take MQM on board then there would be political tussle and the real issue of law and order in Karachi would not be addressed satisfactorily.
Ch. Nisar Ali Khan the Federal Cabinet and high level meetings in Karachi took several decisions and some of them would not be made public as it could compromise the action against criminals. He‚ however‚ said these decisions too would be visible when the action is taken.
He said another Committee headed by Zahid Hamid and which would include among others Prosecutor General Sindh and MQM's Barrister Farogh Naseem‚ would review the relevant laws and make recommendations for their revamping.
IG Police has also been asked to take steps to revamp Police.
The Interior Minister clarified that the Inspector general and the Chief Secretary of Sindh have not been changed. He said the IG has been assigned special task to revamp the police force and bring to book the corrupt elements in the force. He said the policemen involved in the malpractices will not only be dismissed but also arrested to set examples for the others.
Ch. Nisar said that an external monitoring committee will also be constituted consisting of members from the civil society including senior citizens and media persons.
Talking about the crimes due to unregistered SIMs‚ the Minister said that an operation was launched against the unregistered SIMs by the previous governments in 2008 but still four million unregistered SIMs exist. He said that the cellular companies have been directed to follow the standard guidelines.
He said that the government respects the mandate of all the political parties. He said that a meeting of all the political parties will be held in near future and he will announce about shortly.
Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Governor Sindh were also present on the occasion.
To a question regarding militant wings, the Chief Minister Sindh clarified that there is no militant wing of PPP in Sindh.