Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah, while chairing the 23rd session of the apex committee in Karachi, vowed to end the rampant street crime in the port city, for which he claimed legal reforms were being considered.

The CM further said, “As a part of the amendments to the law, the cases of streets crimes would be heard by special magistrates under Section-30 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, adding that those convicted would be handed prison sentences ranging from three to seven years.

“We need to end the menace of street crime,” Murad said, adding that all law enforcement agencies were working together on the issue. The 23rd meeting of the apex committee was attended by Karachi corps commander, Sindh chief secretary, director general (DG) Rangers, Sindh inspector general of police and other officials.

Furthermore, the apex committee was apprised that the Sindh Police and Rangers had conducted a security audit of the entire province. At this, the CM issued instructions to fix the weaknesses identified during the security audits.

The meeting was also informed that 62 buildings and other institutions in the province, previously named after Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain, had been renamed. During the meeting, implementation on the previously taken decisions was also reviewed.

The CM also said that the students of some major institutions were involved in terrorist activities. Murad briefed the committee members on the involvement of students in the terrorist activities. He said that the security situation in the province has improved and that, however, recent three incidents are deplorable.