KARACHI - Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah attended presentation of Home Department Sindh at Chief Minister House this morning. Sindh Home Secretary Arif Khan presenting the briefing informed that the sanctioned strength of Home Department is 350 personnel and that of the Sindh Police is 98,148 out of which 87453 persons are working while there are 10,695 vacancies for various cadre posts. He added there are totally 472 police stations in Sindh, out of which are in Karachi region, 174 in Hyderabad Region while 196 police stations are in Sukkur Region. Home Secretary Sindh further informed that 21,806 personnel of Pakistan Rangers are working in Sindh province, out of them 14,406 are deployed for internal security. He said that 996 Rangers personnel have been deployed at educational institutions, 803 for oil & gas companies, 801 at foreign consulates and their residences while the annual budget for the year 2007-08 is Rs 410.103 million. As far as the frontier constabulary is concerned, 45 platoons are working in Sindh, out of which 20 have been deployed at jails including Central Jail Karachi, 7 platoons at Central Prison Hyderabad while 9 others posted at Central Prison Sukkur, he added. He said that 19 platoons have been deployed at multinational installations, provided by federal government on payment of charges with annual budget of Rs 328.00 million for the year 2007-08. Home Secretary Sindh informed that population of the province is 385 million having 3,550 mosques and imambargahs and 1,886 religious seminaries, 593 key installations, 379 temples, 246 churches/hostels, 140 multinational companies, 474 petrol pumps, 97 cinema halls while there are industrial zones in Karachi, Kotri and Nooriabad. He informed the meeting that in all 60774 crimes of murder, rape, thefts, dacoity, kidnapping, car theft, and others took place up to 31st December 2007 with a break-up of 30,246 cases in Karachi region, 14,635 in Hyderabad region and 15,893 in Sukkur region. The Home Secretary further informed that to control street crimes, assessment of crime affected areas, black spots, time and modus operandi has been finalised together with the deployment of extra intelligence staff in the affected police stations. Besides, extensive patrolling and motorcycle squads have been deployed to take action against tinted glasses and fancy number plates, he added. The official said that to curb criminal activities, strict check on rent-a-bike dealers has been undertaken. He said that as far as crime in Lyari is concerned, there are two leading gangs, headed by Rehman Dacoit and Arshad Pappu, involved in drug smuggling, street crimes, extortion, kidnapping for ransom and murders. With regard to prisons in the province, Home Secretary informed that total number of prisoners Sindh is 18,230. He said that there are 20 prisons in Sindh with the total capacity of 9,541 prisoners. He added that additional 50 barracks with capacity of 75 each are being constructed at a cost of Rs 250 million. He said that government is considering the construction new jails in Mirpurkhas, Ghotki, Naushero Feroze and Thatta. Home Secretary further said that there are 190 security companies operating in Sindh having 50,000 employees. He informed that 30 licenses have been issued to new companies in 2007-08. Arif Khan said that there are 249 arms shops in Sindh with 87 in Karachi and 162 another in districts. CM Syed Qaim Ali Shah directed the concerned authorities to ensure timely production of prisoners in courts for which I.G Police Sindh will provide vehicles. He also directed to ensure medical facilities to ailing prisoners. Syed Qaim Ali Shah maintained that he will personally visit prisons and will see the arrangements. He underlined the need to strictly maintain law and order in the province and the activities of criminals and anti-state elements be curbed with iron hand. The CM stressed the need for constant vigilance upon the activities of the anti-social elements. He said that efforts should be made to end tribal clashes particularly in upper Sindh. Inspector General of Police Sindh Shoaib Saddle, Secretary to Chief Minister Sindh Syed Sohail Akbar Shah, officers of Home Department and others also attended the briefing.