CM orders action against dacoits, street criminals

Tells police pays, perks improved, now they have to deliver

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that he has given three tasks to the police to eliminate dacoits from Katcha area, bring street crime in the city to zero level, and crush drug mafia to protect our children from the menace.

“It is our responsibility to protect life, property, and freedom of movement of the people of the province therefore we have to eliminate the menaces.” He said this on Wednesday while speaking at the 117th passing out parade ceremony at Shahid Hayat Police Training College, Saeedabad.

Inspector General of Police Ghulam Nabi Memon, DIG Training Hamid Khoso, Principal of the college Bashir Chachar and others were present on the occasion. The CM said that the passing out of 787 constables would be a good addition to the numerical strength of the police force.

“I have strengthened the provincial police by offering them good salary packages, shuhda compensation along with one job, and continuation of their salaries till their superannuation, latest equipment, and even mess allowance to the under-training policemen,” he said and added the morale of the police have been enhanced and now “I have entrusted you [police] three most important tasks with the hope you would deliver,” he said.

The first task the CM spelled out was a clean-up operation against the dacoits who keep kidnapping people, including children for ransom.

Murad said one of the factors behind the increase in street crime was the ‘economic situation’ of the country but under this pretext, it could not be justified.

He said that street crime has affected the free movement of the families in the city which needed to be curbed with iron hands. “I want the police to eliminate the street criminals and restore the confidence of the people of the city,” he said.

The third task the chief minister assigned the police to eliminate drug mafia and drug peddling in the city. “I know the targeted operation against the drug mafia is in progress but even then, the desirable results have yet to come out,” he said.

Murad said that synthetic drugs have reached our educational institutions and are destroying our young generation.

The chief minister lauding the services and bravery of the Sindh police said that their 2,400 jawans laid their lives in the line of duty while fighting against terrorists, target killers, street criminals, drug mafia, and protecting polio teams.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 6th, 2023.

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