KARACHI (PPI) - Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister, Ms Sharmila Farooqui has said that crime rate in Karachi has declined significantly in view of swift actions taken by the Sindh government in which many hardened criminals were arrested and explosive material recovered. Rapid Response Force comprising 1000 personnel has been formed to take swift action against terror and crime incidents. The team of this force will rush to the site of crime incident within 10 minutes, she added. Countering a news report in a section of press that crime rate in Karachi has risen, she spelled out details of different crime rates that declined in 2009 as compared to 2008 in Karachi and interior Sindh. She said murder cases have declined to 955 from 999, attempt to murder cases fell to 915 from 957, gang rape cases to 05 from 27, kidnapping and abduction cases to 866 from 877, bank dacoity cases to 06 from 14, petrol pump dacoities to 01 from 14, other dacoities to 278 from 384, smuggling to 0 from 151, highway robberies to 15 from 20, bank robberies to 05 from 11, petrol pump robberies to 16 from 51, other robberies to 2633 from 3633, burglary to 954 from 1073, car theft to 1008 from 1378, car snatching to 383 from 500, other motor vehicle theft to 360 from 513, other motor vehicle snatching to 199 from 239, other theft to 1508 from 1593. She said that credit of decline in crime cases goes to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza who ensure continued operation against criminals across Sindh particularly in Karachi. Sharmila said that it is the great achievement of this government that no terrorist incident has occurred in Sindh including Karachi. Sharmila said that PPP government under the dynamic leadership of President Asif Ali Zardari and as per vision of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto is committed to restore peace in the country. Sharmila said that terrorists could not discourage the government resolve to restore durable peace in the country. The advisor said that the PPP government has also passed two bills to combat domestic violence against women across the region besides taking steps to safeguard the rights of children. She asked the civil society, media and other social welfare organizations to cooperate with the government to resolve public issues and restore durable peace in the county so as to build a prosperous society.