KARACHI - Sindh Home Secretary Abdul Kabir Qazi on Saturday said Afghan refugees would be repatriated to their country from the province, in a respectable manner, by the end of 2015 while 20 more cases have been sent to federal government for trial in military courts.

He was talking to media after the meeting of the Sindh Apex execution Committee. The meeting was presided over by the home secretary which was attended by Karachi Additional Inspector General Ghulam Qadir Thebo, Sindh Afghan Refugees Commissioner Agha Ghazanfar and representatives from other law enforcement departments.

Qazi said the implementation committee would ensure implementation on the decisions finalised in the apex committee and review the progress of the four sub-committees. It is pertinent to mention here that an action plan cell had been established in the home department that would comprise Additional Secretary Dr Jamaluddin, Dr Ijaz Alam, Mansoor Wasan and Naveed Arain. The cell would scrutinise the implementation on the provincial action plan. The home secretary said Sindh government would initiate a campaign to send back the refugees in a respectable manner to their country. “As per reports, there are 2.7 million Afghans living in the province and only 67,000 of them are registered while 85,000 having been living in refugee camps. Around 25,000 Afghans had made fake CNICs that would soon be cancelled. “We will also launch a crackdown against refugees who had illegally purchased land in the province,” he said.  He said they had sent 20 more cases to the federal government to be sent to the military courts and now the total number of cases sent to the military courts from Sindh has reached 84. “We sent 64 cases to the military courts in first phase. An MoU is signed between the provincial government and Nadra for provision of biometric system in police stations in order to identify the criminals. Through this system, police will be able to gather the data of the criminals through their handprints. This system will foil the tactic of the criminals to conceal their identities and they will no longer be able to hide their identities,” he added.

Qazi said the government was also mulling to prepare a mechanism to stop funding of the terror outfits and it would soon be implemented to curb these transactions.  It was informed in the meeting that a high security prison at Jamshoro in Hyderabad would likely be established next month and it would only accommodate criminals having the background of terrorism related activities.

It was also informed that the Counter Terrorism Department was set up in the province and 1,000 policemen, to be trained by army personnel, would be recruited. “Initially, the better trained commandos have been inducted in this force to make it functional,” he said.

The home secretary also informed that two police stations for the CTD department had been established in Karachi while two each in Hyderabad and Sukkur would be established soon.

Responding to decisions regarding the seminaries in the province, he said data of the seminaries would be collected with consultation. It has been decided that any new seminary can only be established with the prior approval of the home department.

He said there were 1,000 registered seminaries in the province where 2,848 foreign students are studying. “We are also reviewing a bill over the wrong usage of loudspeakers in the mosques and it will soon be tabled in the assembly,” he said.  It is the prime responsibility of the society to stop illegal use of the loudspeakers, he added.