KARACHI - The Sindh government has decided to scrutinise the arms licences by computerisation process, and will make a witness protection law.Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah chaired a cabinet meeting at the CM Secretariat on Friday in which law and order situation, particularly soaring incidents of killings in Karachi, was reviewed.The cabinet decided to cancel the arms licences of those who would fail to convert them by computerisation process.Additional Chief Secretary Wasim Ahmed briefed the cabinet about the prevailing law and order situation and steps being taken to ensure security of the lives of the citizens. He told the cabinet about the security plan for Muharram and the targeted actions of law enforcement agencies in which several criminals were arrested.Briefing the media about the cabinet meeting, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon said that coalition ministers attended the meeting and ‘expressed satisfaction’ over the steps being taken by the law enforcement agencies against the criminals.He said that at least 30 to 35 criminals were being arrested daily, including active members of the banned ‘Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’. He said that arrests showed that law enforcement agencies were not sleeping but active against criminals. The minister said that 126 policemen were killed by the terrorists, which was an indication of sacrifices rendered by the police. He added that a control and command system had been set up in central police office in Karachi to monitor processions in Muharram through close circuit cameras in the city.Memon claimed that police has arrested the criminals wanted in high profile cases, including killers of the political workers and journalist, Wali Babar. “Unrest in Karachi is a part of conspiracy against the Pakistan People’s Party to defame it before the upcoming elections,” the minister said, adding that Benazir Bhutto’s two governments had been toppled on allegations of Karachi’s unrest.The minister accused the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leadership of patronising criminals in Sindh, alleging that nephew of PML-N’s central leader Imdad Chandio was involved in hurling cracker on the houses of Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Khuhro and Law Minister Ayaz Soomro. He called PML-N leaders ‘thief brothers’.Quoting an international survey, the Sindh information minister said that crime ratio in Punjab was higher than that in three provinces but media was not reporting it. “In every 41 hours one incident of gang rape occurred in Punjab, besides kidnapping for ransom is rampant in the big province”, he said. The government had suspended cell phone services and banned motorcycle riding on intelligence reports of terror plots and the ban was not intended to create inconvenience for the public, Memon said.The minister told the reporters that the Sindh government had sent a letter to the Army, asking the soldiers to remain standby on Muharram 9 and 10. But he hopped that no untoward incident will take place.To a question, he said that the government was not interested in the political association of the criminals as all parties wanted action against them.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 17-Nov-2012 here.