Apex committee vows to crush terrorism, street crime in city.

KARACHI -- The Apex committee in its 28th meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah at CM House on Thursday vowed to meet security challenges in the province and directed the provincial police chief to sit with his counterparts in Punjab and Balochistan to chalk out a complete plan to launch an operation against dacoits in the riverine (katcha) areas through an intelligence-based, well-coordinated, vigorous and targeted operation.

The committee also assessed the recent surge in terrorism in the country and evaluated overall intelligence reports presented by different security agencies. It decided to crush terrorism, drug peddling, street crime and dacoits' gangs in the riverine areas and effectively deal with all such threats.

The meeting was attended by provincial ministers Syed Nasir Hussain Shah and Sharjeel Inam Memon, CM's Adviser on Law Barrister Murtaza Wahab, Corps Commander Karachi Lt-Gen Babar Iftikhar, Chief Secretary Sohail Rajput, Home Secretary Saeed Mangnejo, DG Rangers Maj-General Azhar Waqas, Commissioner Karachi Iqbal Memon, Additional IG Javed Odho, Additional IG Special Branch Khadim Rind, Sindh IG Ghulam Nabi Memon, the Sindh prosecutor general, provincial heads of intelligence agencies and others concerned.

The CM said that a joint operation by three provinces against dacoits in the riverine areas should be launched for which all law-enforcement agencies should support them.

The Sindh IGP said that riverine area served as a traditional safe haven for criminals due to police accessibility issue. They hid themselves on small islands of the Indus which were 'no-go areas' for police, he said.

The CM directed the IGP to hold a meeting with his Punjab and Balochistan counterparts and work out a detailed plan to launch a well-organised operation against dacoits' gangs.

The corps commander said that the army and Rangers would also help police in the operation.

The home secretary told the meeting that the CM had recently notified 275 dacoits with a total head-money of Rs465 million which would help ensure their arrest or neutralisation.

Street crimes

The CM said that the Citizen-police Liaison Committee (CPLC) reported 85,000 cases of street crime last year and asked the IGP for a briefing.

IGP Ghulam Nabi Memon said that four different kinds of crime -- bike snatching, car snatching, mobile phone snatching and mugging -- constituted 'street crime'. He said 50 per cent of the total street crime...

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