KARACHI - A meeting chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on law and order was informed on Friday that law-enforcement agencies were vigilant to arrest the criminals especially the killers and extortionists in the City and other areas of the province.

A huge backlog of 1438 cases lying pending in courts, out of which 600 are lying in anti-terrorism courts in heinous crimes of killings and terrorism.

The meeting reviewed the law and order situation in the city which was attended by Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon, Sindh Chief Secretary Raja Abbas, Sindh Police IG Fayyaz Ahmed Laghari, Deputy DG Rangers Brig Rafique Khan, Additional IG Police Karachi Iqbal Mehmood, Additional IG (CID), Additional IG (Special Branch), all DIG’s of Police for East, West, South and heads of law enforcement agencies.

The Prosecutor General of Sindh informed the meeting about the details of cases against criminals/killers in various courts particularly in Anti-Terrorists Court with results of such cases.

At least 45 new cases have been challaned in the courts of Karachi while 89 fresh cases have been challaned in the courts of interior Sindh, the Prosecutor General informed the meeting. “There are six judgments out of which four have been awarded punishment to arrest the culprits while two cases were decided with no punishment, as the challaned persons were released.”

Meanwhile, the Sindh chief minister took serious notice of various incidents of target killings, killing of personnel of rangers and police, and sectarian as well as ethnic wars.

He strictly directed to make concerted efforts to combat the situation and criminals be apprehended with iron hands. Qaim further directed the law-enforcement agencies to make concerted efforts for maintenance of law and order and peace be fully restored. “It is the responsibility of the government and law-enforcement agencies to protect the lives and properties of the people.”

The CM said that extensive patrolling and vigilance on criminals and activities of terrorists, killers, extortionists and kidnappers be curbed strictly.

Qaim said that it was the responsibility of the LEAs to evolve ways and means in this regard while the requirements of police and LEAs will be met. The CM directed the IG Police Sindh to prepare a plan with regard to needs of vehicles and police force and the same would be met accordingly.

The IG Police Sindh informed the meeting that 186 vehicles have been deployed for patrolling in Karachi, 100 new vehicles have been engaged with surveillance cameras and 1300 police force has been received from with Sindh Police after passing out parade, and better results are awaited.

He informed that for more recruitment of police staff (ASI’s and Constables) necessary advertisement has been released and process of recruitment will be completed soon as the last date for receipt of applicators is December 24.  Police chief added that Sindh Police and Rangers are effectively working against criminals and killers so as to strictly curb the menace of anti-social elements.

The chief minister said that crime rate would be reduced and controlled at all costs. He further directed that dedicated, well-trained and devoted police officers be posted in areas of criminals so as to end lawlessness from there.

Qaim said that law and order was the prime duty of police and rangers. Sindh government will provide 200 drivers to police who are well trained at Benazir Youth Training Centres. He warned to fully make measures to control the entry points on provincial borders and all sources of transport so as to detect and unearth the explosive material, narcotics, illegal arms and ammunitions.

Sindh Information, Chief Secretary Sindh, ACS (Home), Deputy DG Rangers, AIG Police CID, AIG Police Special Branch and heads of law enforcement agencies presented their views.