KARACHI - Despite criticism from social media and political parties, the PPP’s Sindh government has again decided to approach the federal government to put ban on social media sources of Viber, Tango, Skype and Whatsapp applications for three months.

It was decided in a high level meeting chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah which reviewed the law and order situation and ongoing targeted operation in city.

The meeting also expressed dissatisfaction over the assurance made by mobile companies that all illegal mobile sims would be blocked by October 20, 2013. It was also decided that the companies would be approached to get their customers registered with each cellular sim on the pattern of verification and registration of Arms license being made by Nadra.

The meeting also decided that high profile cases would be transferred to other parts of the province from Karachi for the security of witnesses and other law enforcement officers.

It was decided that presently, the cases of Wali Khan Babar, Naimatullah Randhawa advocate and other cases of similar nature would be transferred to other districts situated at far flung areas of the province for trial.

Qaim said the government was very much serious in arresting the culprits but also get the criminals convicted as such high profile cases registered against the criminals under terrorist Act would be tried out of Karachi because of security reasons.

The CM agreed with the proposal floated in the meeting for providing financial package to the officers on account of their brave action for arresting notorious criminals as well as investigating and prosecuting their cases to get the criminals convicted.

He while taking notice of Lyari violence for the last two to three days had directed the IG Police to gain control over the situation and ensure full protection of the citizens there. He directed the Sindh Police to arrest the criminals involved in the attack on shrines’ and religious ‘Gadi Nasheens’ in upper Sindh and also put a strict check on the criminals along the provincial borders.

He expressed satisfaction over the achievements and performance of targeted operations being carried out against the terrorists, target killers, extortions and kidnappers in Karachi since September 5. He said the operation was a continuous process till it achieved success.

Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said this operation had put a very good impact on the civil society and was also being praised by the federal government and judicial fraternity as well. He said due to this operation, people have come out of fear and started lodging their complaints about extortion in the police stations.

The meeting was informed that as many as 7,794 criminals have been arrested during 5,287 raids conducted by Sindh Police including the CID. Out of these arrested criminals nine belonged to TTP, 93 involved in target killing, 120 in extortion and six in kidnapping for ransom. He also informed that four kidnapped persons were got released from the captivity of these six kidnappers.

Qaim said since notorious criminals were confined in the prisons and strict security measures have been taken in these prisons. He also directed the officers to provide full security to the officers and staff members of the jails and irregularities of any within the jails should be removed with immediate effect.

He directed the IG police and officers of Rangers to undertake foolproof security measures to maintain law and order during Muharram-ul-Haram. He directed that strict vigilance be made on the movement of vehicles, no parking should be allowed near the Imambargahs and the procession routes must be cleared for security, he directed.

The meeting was informed that about 1,900 to 2,000 police personnel would be deployed in Karachi in addition to the deployment of Rangers to maintain the law and order during Muharram-ul-Haram.