CM approves proposal to E-tag 7,500 repeat criminals



Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday approved a police plan to introduce E-tagging of repeat offenders for which 7500 offenders have been identified to be E-tagged in the first phase.

He took this decision while presiding over a meeting here at CM House which was attended by Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Advisor to CM for law Murtaza Wahab, IG Police Mushtaq Maher, Adl IG Karachi Ghulam Nabi Memon, PSCM Fayaz Jatoi, Home Secretary Saeed Mangnijo, DIGs, Sharjeel Kharal, Nasir Aftab and others.

The chief minister said that in his last meeting against street crime had directed the police to start extensive patrolling and take strict action against street criminals.

He also said that he had directed the police and administration to start removing drug addicts from the streets and such other places.

At this the Adl IG Police said that from January to Feb 28, some 143 encounters were held against the street criminals in which 143 criminals were killed and 147 injured.

He added that 1446 criminals have been arrested. The chief minister was told that patrolling has been increased in Karachi and intelligence-based targeted operations are also in progress.

As far as E-tagging of the repeat offenders, the IG Police disclosed that 7500 offenders have been identified who are either on bail or at large.

Advisor on law Barrister Murtaza Wahab said that a draft law for E-tagging of repeat offenders has been prepared and sent for vetting.  The chief minister formally approved the proposal of E-tagging of repeat criminals and directed his law advisor to expedite its vetting so that it could be discussed and approved in the cabinet.

Giving progress of arranging a Rehabilitation Center for drug addicts Chief Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah said that he has identified a suitable place at Gulshan-e-Maymar where drug addicts would be rehabilitated.

At this the chief minister directed the chief secretary to provide all the required facilities at the proposed center so that police could start lifting the drug addicts from the streets and send them there for rehabilitation.

“The drug addicts are involved in street crime, therefore their removal from the street was most important,” he said.

Discussing the cancellation of bails of repeat criminals and strengthening prosecution, Syed Murad Ali Shah directed Advisor law and IG Police to engage a panel of leading lawyers so that they could be engaged for prosecution of criminals and cancellation of their bails.

The CM Sindh also directed the police to arrange prosecution through competent private lawyers in high profile cases.

“I want to put a sizable number of lawyers on a panel and the complainant of the case will have the choice to select any lawyer out of the panel to prosecute his case,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah approved immediate release of Rs5.6 billion to start procurement of 1.4 million metric tons of wheat for which distribution of bardana has been started in three divisions, Shaheed Benazirabad, Mirpurkhas and Hyderabad where early crop is being harvested.

He took this decision on Wednesday while presiding over a meeting to review progress of wheat procurement target for year 2021-22.

The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Mumtyaz Shah, PSCM Fayaz Jatoi, Secretary Finance Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretary Food Raja Khurram Shahzad, Secretary and Secretary Agriculture and other concerned officers.

Secretary food briefing the chief minister said that the government has fixed a procurement target at 1.4 MMT at a support price of Rs2,200 per 40 kg. The CM was told that as per target, 341,110 MT would be procured from Sukkur Division, 379,230 Shaheed Benazirabad, 380,270 MT Larkano, 58240 MT Mirpurkhas and 241,150 MT Hyderabad where 167 procurement centers have been established.


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