KARACHI - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah directed the law enforcing agencies to expedite the ongoing targeted operation against the terrorists, and beef up security measures at all sensitive markets, institutions and religious places.

Chairing a meeting relating law and order, at the CM House here Sunday, Qaim directed the LEAs to activate their intelligence network to trace out the criminals’ hideouts and strike them before they could target the innocent people. He directed the Sindh Police to launch vigorous operation against the dacoits involved in kidnapping for ransom in interior Sindh districts, and also arrest those who are patronising the outlaws in this heinous crime. He directed the Karachi Police to meet the challenges of arresting the culprits involved in the attack on private TV channel anchor Hamid Mir. He also took briefing about the progress on investigation into Hamid Mir attack, and lauded the efforts of Karachi Police for collecting very informative data in this connection. He asked the officers concerned to be helpful to the judicial commission already announced to probe into the incident.

Addressing the meeting the Chief Minister Sindh said, the recent bomb blasts indicated that instead of dialogues with the federal government, the terrorists have not spared Karachi and carried out their sabotaging activities. Taking serious notice of kidnapping cases in interior Sindh, the CM directed the Sindh IGP to immediately launch vigorous operation against dacoits and their patronisers, keeping the province clean from these elements.

Qaim said that he had made many decisions to well-equip and strengthen Sindh Police and provide Rs5 billion at their disposal for the purchase of latest arms, equipments, bullet- proof vehicles, helmets and APVs alarm detecting equipments. He strictly directed the authority concerned to procure the arms and vehicles before June 2014. He said that after having such latest vehicles and equipments, the force would be in position to fight against the terrorists. He also directed the LEAs to identify the culprits involved in the recent bomb blast in Karachi. Briefing the meeting, Sindh IGP Iqbal Mehmood and Karachi Additional IGP Shahid Hayyat informed that the number of murder cases decreased by 35 per cent while and target killing by 66 per cent during the ongoing operation in Karachi.

They informed the meeting that 864 encounters took place with criminals while 656 outlaws were held red-handed. Besides, 295 gangs were busted and 285 extortionists arrested.  They said that as compared to 523 target killing cases in 2013, only 242 cases have been reported so far in 2014, and 176 accused have been arrested as compared to 197 murder cases reported in January 2014.