KARACHI – After seeing drop in killings in the metropolis two days ago, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Tuesday saw a surge in criminal activities in the holy month of Ramazan.Presiding over a meeting on law and order, the chief minister said it was the joint responsibility of the Sindh Rangers, Police and other law-enforcement agencies to make prompt, concerted and coordinated efforts to cope with the spiraling security situation and penalise criminals of all hue. He ordered that extortionists and ‘chit mafia’ be crushed forcefully. Qaim Shah also directed that consulates and other foreign missions be properly protected, and foreign teams and NGOs engaged in assistance of needy people also be given proper security.  According to sources, the meeting was called in the wake of a bomb blast on the Chinese Consulate General in Karachi. “Peaceful atmosphere must be restored at every cost,” the chief minister said as he ordered the police and rangers to intensify patrolling and make security measures at all markets, commercial areas and trade centres more stringent. Qaim also called reports from all DIGs and SSPs on a daily basis as regards criminal activities. Observing that killing innocent people was a serious offence, he said that the security agencies should properly monitor and look after troubled areas.  He also called for better coordination between the Rangers and police at all levels, from top to bottom. He also passed orders for the arrest of those collecting “fitrana” forcefully, saying it was a crime.  Among others, the meeting held at the Chief Minister’s House, was attended by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Syed Sohail Akbar Shah, IG Police Fayaz Leghari, the chief minister’s Principal Secretary Muhammad Siddique Memon, Rangers Deputy DG Brig Muhammad Rafique Khan, Karachi Additional IG Iqbal Mehmood, Karachi Commissioner Roshan Ali Shaikh, the ISI and MI commanders, IB joint director, Special Branch additional IG, DIG’s of east, west and south districts, deputy commissioners and others. Earlier, in their detailed reports, ACS (Home) Syed Sohail Akbar Shah, Sindh Police chief Fayaz Leghari, AIG Karachi Iqbal Mehmood, Rangers Deputy DG Brig Muhammad Rafique Khan, Commissioner Roshan Ali Shaikh, DIG Police east and heads of various agencies, informed the meeting about the present law and order situation in Karachi and security measures taken by them.LYARI TO BE PROVIDED WITH 2MGD WATER SOON: Various development projects are continuing in Lyari.This was stated by the Administrator of the District Municipal Corporation (DMC), Karachi South, Muhammad Raisi, on Monday.He said that these included the reverse osmosis project which are in the final stages of completion.Raisi further stated that this would ensure provision of two million gallons daily (MGD) water to people of Lyari. He said that with this the problem of water in Lyari would be resolved. Raisi said that the RO plant has been gifted to the people of Lyari by President Asif Ali Zardari for the development of the people of the area.