Street crime stems from traffic jams: AIG

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Amanullah Khan

Karachi—Additional Inspector General of Karachi Police Mushtaq Ahmed Maher has said that controlling street crimes was a serious challenge but efforts were underway and strategies have been devised which would result in bringing down the street crimes in the next couple of months.
Exchanging views during his visit to KCCI, Additional IG added that police department in association with NGOs has carried out a detailed research in which it has been identified that majority of the incidents pertaining to street crimes happen during traffic jams at peak hours from 5:00PM to 10:30PM.
To minimize street crimes during traffic jams, the police officers will try their level best to ensure smooth flow of traffic during peak hours which would help in drastically improving the situation, he added. Chairman Businessmen Group & Former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli,
President KCCI Younus Muhammad Bashir, Senior Vice President KCCI Zia Ahmed Khan, Vice President KCCI Muhammad Naeem Sharif, Former President KCCI Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra and KCCI Managing Committee members were present at the meeting.
Additional IG said that it was the responsibility of police to control street crimes which will be done by the department at any cost and if needed, they will seek assistance from Rangers and NGOs with a view to provide relief to Karachiites.
Commenting on the progress of Karachi Operation and referring to the concerns expressed by Siraj Kassam Teli over recurrence of crimes on completion of Karachi operation after two or three years, Mushtaq Maher said that the Karachi Operation has resulted in improving the security situation of the city by effectively dealing with major crimes and they have finalized blueprints for three years and five years which focus on equipping the police department to such an extent that they become capable enough to maintain peace across the city without any assistance.
“A realization about the significance of Karachi city and its role in economic prosperity of the entire country has developed amongst various state institutions and the general consensus is that there is no going back from Karachi Operation which if stops would result in a disastrous situation”, he added.
He informed that the police department was currently looking at the possibility of making biometric verification mandatory for purchase of cellular phones as biometric verification proved very successful in registration of SIMs. If biometric verification is made mandatory for registration of newly purchased phones as well, it would definitely help in dealing with sale of snatched phones and bring down crimes pertaining to phone snatching.
The idea of implementing biometric verification will soon be taken up with the Interior Ministry and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), he added. Replying to concerns expressed over rude behaviour of police officers towards public, he admitted that police officers from top to bottom were acting very rudely with public particularly during VVIP movements mainly due to lack of discipline, training and punishment.
He assured that they fully realize this issue and plans were underway to train officers and ensure discipline amongst them so that they could be very polite and be able to efficiently serve the public.