Target killing declines by 70pc, CTD to be augmented: IGP Sindh

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Karachi—Inspector General of Police, Sindh claiming 70 % decline in target killing incidents since the launch of the National Action Plan (NAP) said it would go further down after augmentation of the Counter-Terrorism Department of the province.
In an exclusive interview with APP here, IGP Sindh, A.D. Khawaja, said the performance of the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), set up after the initiation of NAP, was upto the mark. However, he added its further augmentation was necessary to bring improvements in the security and counter terrorism activities of the government.
The department would consist of some 1500 personnel including 500 Assistant Sub-Inspectors (ASIs) who would be recruited through Sindh Public Service Commission, he said. The IGP said these personnel would be imparted special training for which, he added a separate training school was being established.
The IGP informed that the provincial government has allocated Rs. 320 million this year for revamping Sindh Police’s Special Branch. “We are working zealously to make the Special Branch an active unit to perform intelligence gathering in an effective manner”, he remarked. A.D. Khawaja maintained that recruitment in the Sindh Police is being undertaken on merit through National Testing Service (NTS). “These steps are aimed at building up this force in order to gear this up to effectively tackle the menace of terrorism,” the IGP said.He was of the view that a database of Driving and arms licences should be developed on national level besides data of vehicles as well as seminaries (Madaris) be gathered for prompt verification of required information.
He opined that the provinces should not have any reservations to this effect, as such data would contribute towards effective sharing of the required information.
A.D. Khawaja was of the view that the data of NADRA (National Database and Registration Authority) should also be shared in a proper manner.He maintained that “on our demand, the NADRA has agreed to provide such a data”. A biometric system in collaboration with the NADRA should be evolved to verify the arms licenses, he suggested.—APP

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