Murad approves SOP for police snap checking

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Staff Reporter

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday presiding over Provincial Public Safety & Police Complaint Commission (PPS&PCC) meeting at the CM Secretariat.
He expressed anguish over the incident of November 22, which claimed life of Nabeel Hoodbhoy and injured his friend, Raza and approved Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for “Nakabandi” and snap checking issued in the light of Amal Umar case.
The meeting was attended by CM Advisor on Law Murtaza Wahab, MPAs Sharjeel Memon, Imdad Pitafi, Hasnain Mirza of Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), Shamim Mumtaz, Muhammad Ali Aziz of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Shahnaz Begum, Sindh Home Secretary Usman Chachar, Sindh Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi, Additional Inspector Genera of Police (AIGP) Karachi Ghulam Nabi Memon, Members of the commission Karamat Ali, Haji Nazim, Barrister Haya Imam, Rubina Brohi, Advocate Jhamat Mal and Qurban Malano.
Review of SOP/Rules of engagement related to the use of force as practiced by the Sindh Police and implementation status of the orders of Supreme Court in Amal Umar case, were discussed during the meeting.
AIGP-Karachi Ghulam Nabi Memon briefing the commission on the incident of November 22 said that Syed Raza and Nabeel were coming from Khayaban-e-Hafiz in a car. They were signaled to stop at Khayaban-e-Hafiz but they tried to get away and the police chased them till PACC where police party fired upon them. Nabeel received fatal injury and succumbed on spot.
He added that Head Constable Aftab fired five rounds from his pistol, of them four were aerial and one was straight which resulted in the death of Nabeel.
Ghulam Nabi Memon said that the incident took place at PACC, the jurisdiction of Civil Line. An FIR No.149/2019 of the case had been registered against the police party comprising Sub-Inspector Ghaffar of Gizri police, HC Aftab and PC Muhammad Ali and they have been taken into custody. Investigation into the incident under SSP Investigation, South had been ordered.
The other members of the investigation team include SSP South Shiraz Nazeer, DSP Akhtar and Inspector Ghulam Ali.
AIGP- Karachi said that meanwhile an inquiry under Amjad Hayat SP Sadar had also been started into the incident.
The commission was told that an SOP for ‘police stop and search’ had already been issued. An aggressive campaign for weapon handling and refresher courses for firing was started after Amal incident. Around 6000 police officers had been trained so far. 7000 official pistols were issued to police officials in the city. New purchase of 4500 pistols was under process. A separate module was being prepared to train the police how to exercise the right of self-defense.