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Thursday July 25, 2024

Bandits should surrender and repent: Sharjeel

By Salis bin Perwaiz
June 26, 2024
Sindh Minister for Information, Transport and Mass Transit, Excise Taxation and Narcotics Control, Sharjeel Inam Memon talks to media persons, at Sindh Assembly in Karachi on June 25, 2024. — PPI
Sindh Minister for Information, Transport and Mass Transit, Excise Taxation and Narcotics Control, Sharjeel Inam Memon talks to media persons, at Sindh Assembly in Karachi on June 25, 2024. — PPI 

Sindh Senior Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon has stated that the bandits should surrender. This he said while talking to journalists at the media corner of the Sindh Assembly on Tuesday.

Memon indicated that those not involved in serious crimes would be given an opportunity to surrender, after which the government may engage in talks with them. He added that captured bandits should also repent, and they will be given an opportunity.

A joint operation by police and Rangers is currently underway in the Kutcha area. In a meeting held in Sukkur, chaired by President Asif Ali Zardari, all relevant agencies, including Rangers and police, briefed the president on their performance.

Memon said that in the meeting presided over by President Zardari, it was also decided that reconciliation committees should be formed to address tribal disputes, and that these disputes should be resolved.

He said that innocent lives are lost in tribal disputes, and tribal chiefs will be mobilized to resolve these disputes and guide people on the right path. If drug dealers also repent, the government will offer them concessions. The Sindh government’s policy against drugs is based on zero tolerance, he added.

Memon stated that the message from President Zardari’s meeting is clear: criminals should surrender and engage in dialogue with the government. The government will not tolerate any abuse against them and will deal with them according to the law. The first meeting with President Zardari was also significant regarding drugs and law and order, and the meeting held in Sukkur was particularly important.

He said that street crime in Karachi was also discussed in the meeting, and the data on street crime from January and May was compared, revealing that the situation had significantly improved.

The minister said the government of Sindh has already issued orders for modern weapons for the police, and these weapons have started to be received. The police are being equipped with modern arms, and police personnel are being given privileges. This was part of President Asif Ali Zardari’s long-standing vision, and due to his vision, the morale of the police force is increasing.

In response to a question, Memon said the federal government will propose an operation against terrorists, and the Sindh government has always supported every good initiative. He said the Pakistan Peoples Party is not part of the federal government, but it does not want chaos and anarchy in the country.

In response to another question, he said the Sardars will be engaged wherever necessary in terms of law and order. The Sindh government will explore all possible options to eradicate crime. On another query, Memon said a heatwave is affecting the province and the government has set up cooling centres and informed people about precautionary measures. Regarding the rain emergency across Sindh, the management is fully prepared to face any situation.

He said that regardless of the chief minister’s party affiliation, it is better to cooperate with the federation. Despite significant concerns, we are cooperating with the federation. Whatever apprehensions the KP chief minister has, he must also work with the federation, Memon said and emphasized the need for harmony and unity in the country, stating that if the KP CM continues to follow the founding philosophy of the PTI, it will be detrimental to the nation.