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Zardari for stern action against hardcore criminals

President Asif Ali Zardari emphasised need for improving the roads, health, and education infrastructure

By Asim Yasin & Imtiaz Hussain
June 25, 2024
President Asif Ali Zardari inspecting the guard of honour, at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on March 11, 2024. — X/@PresOfPakistan
President Asif Ali Zardari inspecting the guard of honour, at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on March 11, 2024. — X/@PresOfPakistan

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has said that criminals of Kacha Area in Sindh, except hardened criminals, willing to surrender to the state should be gradually brought into the mainstream and rehabilitated to make them responsible and productive citizens of the country.

He called for taking stern action against hardcore criminals involved in heinous crimes. Zardari expressed these views while chairing a meeting on the security/law and order situation in Sindh, at Sukkur, on Monday.

Interior Minister Mohsin Raza Naqvi, MNA Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, Speaker Sindh Assembly Syed Waqar Qadir Shah, Senior Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon, Minister Planning and Development Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Minister Home, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Zia ul Hassan Lanjar, Additional Chief Secretary Sindh Mr Muhammad Iqbal Memon, IG Sindh Ghulam Nabi Memon, DG Ranger Sindh Major General Azhar Waqas, GOC 16 Div Major General Aamer Amin, and senior officials of the federal and provincial governments attended the meeting.

President Asif Ali Zardari further emphasised the need for improving the roads, health, and education infrastructure of the Kacha Areas on a priority basis to improve the socio-economic condition of the people. He advised that a Qaumi Jirga, comprising tribal chiefs, should be convened to engage and negotiate with the local population to bring normalcy, prevent crimes, deweaponise and improve the security situation.

The president was briefed about the law-and-order situation in Sindh and the implementation status of the directions given during the last meeting held on May 1, 2024. He was apprised that the crimes and violence in Sindh, especially in Karachi and Kacha Areas, had witnessed a declining trend due to the effective strategy adopted by the police and Rangers.

The IG Police said that dacoit activities had been considerably reduced and no highways-related crime had been reported in the past two months. It was highlighted that targeted operations and installation of smart cameras had helped control crimes and identify and arrest criminals and their abettors.

DG Rangers told the meeting that 133 joint operations were conducted by the Sindh Police and the Rangers which led to the arrest of hundreds of dacoits and criminals. He stated that additional check posts had also been established in various parts of Kacha to control crime.

The meeting was further informed that on the directions of the president, the campaign against drug pedlars was intensified and, 308 drug suppliers had been arrested, besides installing smart cameras to monitor their entry points in Sindh.

During the meeting, the president said that the Government of Sindh should focus on raising the police force along modern lines to effectively meet the security challenges and requirements of the province. He underlined the need to strengthen the capacity of the Sindh Police by providing them with modern equipment and weapons, adequate human resources, and logistics.

The President appreciated the performance of the Sindh government, Police and Rangers in controlling crime and improving the security situation of the province. Zardari said that police officials should be incentivised enabling them to discharge their duties with commitment. “We also need to encourage women to join Sindh Police”, he added. He also asked to ensure the welfare of the families and children of martyrs of Sindh Police. The president directed to expedite the upgradation of Sakrand Police Commando School as well as the provision of land for the establishment of Cadet College for Police.