KARACHI: Briefing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on prevailing law and order situation in Karachi, Director General of Sindh Rangers, Maj-Gen Rizwan Akhtar Tuesday came hard on police saying the law enforcement force cannot be trusted with intelligence sharing, sources told Dawn.com.

The DG Rangers also apprised the prime minister about ‘indirect political pressures’ on the paramilitary force preventing it from realising their responsibilities fully. He also indicated presence of criminal elements among the political parties’ ranks in the port city. Some of these criminals were involved in activities ranging from street crime to murders, he added.

Prime Minister Sharif, currently on a two-day trip to the Sindh capital, was being briefed on Karachi’s law and order situation by the provincial government in a meeting held at the governor house. Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Information Minister Pervez Rashid among Sindh chief secretary, DG IB, interior secretary, IG Sindh Police and commissioner Karachi also attended the meeting.

The premier arrived in the provincial capital earlier this morning, a day before he was scheduled to preside over the federal cabinet session on the port city’s deteriorating law and order situation. The crucial session on Wednesday is expected to decide on a planned targeted operation against criminal gangs and armed militias of political groups, whose deadly turf war has ruined peace in the country’s economic hub.

Sharif also held a meeting with representatives of all major political parties after arriving in Karachi, including the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Jamaat-i-Islami, Sunni Tehrik and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F).

Upon the premier’s query regarding lack of coordination between Rangers and police, Maj-Gen Akhtar said criminals manage to escape from the raided site whenever Rangers share intelligence reports with police. He also said that women and children block roads in protest against the targeted operations in different areas of the city preventing them from carrying out raids with optimum level of success.

Apprising the PM on police performance, IG Sindh Police Shahid Nadeem Baloch said that 105 police personnel have been killed during the current year in different incidents of violence in Karachi.

He said 96 people have been killed in sectarian violence while 125 workers of different political parties have lost their lives this year so far. Around 80 extortionists and 50 activists belonging to banned and Jihadi outfits have been arrested by the police, he added.

Meanwhile, speaking to trader community of Karachi, Prime Minister Sharif vowed for every possible effort in restoring peace in the city. He also expressed the optimism that Karachi would soon turn into the “city of lights” again.

“Extraordinary circumstances require extraordinary steps for bringing back tranquility in Karachi,” he said adding the federal government was ready for rendering all possible assistance to the Rangers in that regard.

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September 3, 2013 9:34 pm

muslims cannot be trusted.... even they dont trust each other lol

Karima Shah
September 3, 2013 9:37 pm

Majority of the Sindh police is filled with MQM and PPP appointees, since both parties have been in power in one way or the other since the late 80s. Majority of these appointees are all criminals as well. The Sindh police needs to purge its ranks of these elements before it can be trusted. However the issue is that even if they fire a bunch of corrupt police officers, the police officers can go to the court and get the never-ending stay order which will render the process useless. The suo moto loving judiciary has to shape up first, by clearing the huge backlog of criminal and civil cases pending in Sindh, and then ensuring it dispenses justice quickly and fairly, and not seek out headlines with weekly suo motos and stay orders, which are basically neither helping the process nor dispensing justice.

September 3, 2013 10:20 pm

The DG Rangers is correct as this is known to all that the feudal politicians of Sindh have completely politicised Sindh police and honest police officers have been completely side lined. The present set-up of Sindh police is more friendly to criminals than the citizens of Karachi. The targeted operations in karachi being under taken by this corrupt police officers is doomed from the start.

September 3, 2013 10:57 pm

We'll believe you Mr. Prime Minister of Pakistan, when you can show your word counts. In Karachi, many from Supreme Court to DG Rangers have said much, the ground reality didn't change one iota.

September 4, 2013 12:33 am

Be ready for another hogwash.Mr. Sharif, name the criminlas by name & and the party they belong to. Hold local judiciary & police responsible for letting criminals get away easily, otherwise it is another exercise in futility.

September 4, 2013 4:43 am

If Rangers cant trust Police then can you????????????? LOLZ

September 4, 2013 5:31 am

Just by looking at the picture, I can say no one has a clue what's going on in Karachi and what needs to be done. Foreigners controlling ethnic groups, drug lords trying to sustain territorial controls, terrorists trying to save their safe heavens and corrupt cops trying to pile up for retirement. No one knows where to start? Good luck.

Muhmmad saqib
September 4, 2013 9:47 am

When IG Sindh Police Shahid Nadeem Baloch Proudly admits that 105 Policemen killed by terrorist and Glorifying them Ironically it indicates their poor performance, lack of professionalism , training and commitment this bring shame to them, further it indicate that they even don't care even if someone from their own go down in the line of Duty otherwise they would be out there crushing all no go areas under their boots rather then busy in taking Bribes or Bhata or at least make it load and clear that who are those people stopping them, Believe me its better than getting Cursed by common people.

September 4, 2013 5:08 pm


Muslims? Isnt that a bit too generic a statement?

September 4, 2013 7:49 pm

@farooq: Because they are not a good muslim.

September 5, 2013 10:12 am

These measures are not more than hiding garbage under carpet.

September 5, 2013 10:19 am

pot is calling the cattle black..... Hypocricy that is all.... Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.

Gerry D'Cunha
September 5, 2013 3:48 pm

rangers and police are two side of the same coin - corrupt

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