KARACHI - Pakistan People’s Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday distributed 61 compensation cheques each of Rs 2 million and keys of residential flats among hires of martyred police personals.

Senior Vice Chairman PPP and MNA Makhdoom Amin Faheem, Senator Rehman Malik, members of PPP in Sindh and federal assemblies were also present.

Speaking at a ceremony organised at Chief Minister House Sindh, the PPP Co-Chairman directed Sindh government to raise the compensation amount from Rs 2 million to Rs 10 million for martyred policemen heirs and offered services of SZABIST for imparting education among their children. He said that life of a person is precious and it cannot be returned in any way.

“I urge the provincial government to appoint a women police officer of a SSP rank to run the Police Welfare Organisation and to make an agreement with the SZABIST to provide education to the children of martyred policemen.”

He directed the Sindh Government to make required laws to introduce insurance policy for all the government employees to ensured government properties . He said that in addition to compensation, other necessities, including jobs, residential plots etc would be given away to the victim families.

“Identifying the martyrs heir is a major problem in giving compensation,” he said adding that he had directed Chief Secretary Sindh to evolve an efficient mechanism by which all the heirs of government employees can be registered in advance.  Zardari said that he knows, what martyrdom was, as he himself belonged to the family of martyrs. He said that those who don’t feel the pain of martyrs cannot be considered as follower of Bhuttoism.  Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that before their tenure, the Sindh Police was working in a weak position lacking latest equipments and training.  “When PPP came into power it raised the morale of the Police force and enhanced their budget from Rs 10 billion to Rs 60 billion and raised compensation from Rs 0.2 million to Rs2 million and even gave up to Rs 20 million in special cases.” He said that they are providing International standard training to the police currently and created special wings for fighting terrorism including the Rapid Response Force.

The chief minister Sindh said that it was due to these efforts that crime rate had come down 60-65 percent in the city. “Peaceful observance of Muhram-ul-Haram and Eid celebrations during last 3 years is also a proof of Sindh police efforts,” he said.

Briefing the gathering, the IGP Sindh Police Ghulam Hyder Jamali said that they had arrested 13000 culprits and killed 799 criminals in different encounters. “The killed criminals include 164 terrorist, 42 kidnapers and 592 dacoits,” he said adding that 181 police personals also lost their lives in the encounters.