KHAIRPUR: Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Ali Shah has said that posting of police officials on merit and strong moral demonstrated by police and other Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) personnel had greatly helped to minimize the incidents of terrorism and other crimes across the province and vowed that the government would continue to provide required financial resources to the police and demonstrate strong political will to cope with terrorism and other crimes.

He stated this while addressing a ceremony held at District Police Headquarter on Sunday to pay tribute to 115 policemen who embraced martyrdom in line of duty during the period over last one decade and give away shields and appreciation certificates to heirs of these martyred police officials. The CM, on the occasion, joined the police officials and civil society organizations in the candle vigil lit up to pay tribute to the martyred police officials.

Qaim Ali Shah said that modern training in skill of investigation had played pivotal role in increasing conviction rate by the court of Law, adding that prosecution process was also being made more effective to deal with crimes.

He said brave and professional police officials deserved much appreciation and reward who had challenged terrorists and dacoits, adding that the Sindh government had recommended award for SSP Khairpur Pir Muhammad Shah who demonstrated strong courage and put his life at stake when he entered a premise inside Karachi Airport when it was stormed by a group of suicide bomber about two years back.

The CM further said that 25 acres land had been allotted to develop a residential scheme, for police men, adding that all civic amenities would be provided and distribution of plots and houses would be ensured in a transparent manner.

Earlier, SSP Khairpur Pir Muhammad Shah in his welcome address, apprised the CM about problems and difficulties being experienced by the District Police, in this regard, he informed that 26 out of 66 Police Stations in the district were short of required personnel and 13 Police Stations had no mobile vehicles. He informed that a policy of reward and punishment had been introduced under which brave and professional SHO would be rewarded for his performance every month. On the occasion, a number of police men were also given shield for their performance.

The ceremony was attended among others by Divisional Commissioner Sukkur, Abbas Baloch, DIG Sukkur Azher Rasheed Khan, the Commandant Rangers Sukkur, Abdul Ghaffar, representatives of civil society organizations, notables and local PPP leaders.