Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah presiding over a meeting on law and order has categorically told the provincial police that he would not tolerate crime against women, children, minorities and cases of kidnapping for ransom and drug trafficking.
“This should be considered as guiding principles and be focused accordingly – however, I am establishing a separate unit to monitor crime situations at CM House, therefore crime rate must be seen coming down in all the police zones/regions of the province.”.
The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, IG Police Mushtaq Maher, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, Adl IG Special Branch Ghulam Nabi Memon, Adl IG Karachi Yakoob Minhas, DIGs of all the police zones of teg city and through video link Adl IG Hyderabad, Adl IG Sukkur and their DIGs attended the meeting.
Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Maher briefing the chief minister said that from Jan 1 to August 5, 2021 no terrorism and target killing incident took place in the province, however 1,035 murder, 103 extortion and 118 cases of kidnapping for ransom were reported. He added that most of the kidnapping for ransom cases have taken place under honey-traps
.The IGP said that 10172 incidents of crime against persons, 31107 property, 16745 miscellaneous, 17320 local and special law, 535 fatal and non-fatal and 24 of blasphemy were reported.
The IG Police sharing monthly crime report of August 2021 with the chief minister disclosed that four cases of minorities were reported in the province, including one in East Zone of Karachi, two in Mirpurkhas and one in Sukkur.
Similarly, 73 cases of offence against women were reported, of them 24 in East, 18 in South and five in zones of Karachi, 10 in Hyderabad, six each in Sukkur and Larkana and three in Shaheed Benazirabad and one in Mirpurkhas regions.
As far as crime against minors were concerned 19 cases were reported, including eight in East, seven in West and two in South zone of Karachi and two in Hyderabad region. Only six cases of extortion were reported- three in East, each one in South and West.
Mushtaq Maher told the chair that 44 cases of theft of contraband items such as petrol and diesel were reported, including 32 in Hyderabad, seven in Mirpurkhas and five in South Zone.
He added that 244 cases of drugs were reported, including 59 in South, 66 East and five in West zones of Karachi, 63 in Hyderabad, 19 in Larkana, 17 Mirpurkhas and 15 Sukkur.
Adl IG Karachi told the chief minister that overall law and order situation was under control in the city, hwoever, few incidents such as kidnapping and murder of minor girl Maham in Zaman Town, attack on Chinese national at Gulbai and looting of a cash van that resulted in the killing of two persons at F.B Area were worth mentioning here.
Police performance: The police conducted 960 encounters in which 674 gangs were busted, 61 terrorists arrested/killed, and 9628 dacoits killed/arrested.
The police recovered three LMG, 77 rifles, 94 SMG/Kalashnikovs, 368 shotguns, 110 grenades and 5163 pistols.
The CM directed the IG Police to convey his displeasure against the police officers of Hyderabad region. The meeting was told that 40 rape cases and 272 cases of kidnapping have been reported this years.
The chief minister said that last year’s data showed that only 192 kidnapping cases were reported and why the kidnapping crime was increasing. The IG police said that most of the cases had taken place under honey-trap.
The chief minister directed the Inspector General of Police to start a vigorous and targeted operation against the drug mafia from Saturday and keep him sending day-to-day reports. He said that the culprits involved in crime against children, women and minorities must be brought to book.
He said he would be reviewing law and order twice or thrice in a month and would take action accordingly.
The chief minister taking serious notice of the incident took place in Tando Mohammad with the Special Assistant of the prime minister directed DIG Hyderabad to submit a detailed inquiry report. He added that such incidents were undemocratic and should not be allowed to happen.