PM expected to approve joint grand targeted operation in Karachi

Published September 1, 2013
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (above) is expected to assure the Sindh government of the support and assistance of the federal government and of proivision of all resoures for the restoration of Karachi's law and order situation during the Sept 3 meeting.  — File Photo
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (above) is expected to assure the Sindh government of the support and assistance of the federal government and of proivision of all resoures for the restoration of Karachi's law and order situation during the Sept 3 meeting. — File Photo

KARACHI: Sources at the Prime MInister's secratariat said that Premier Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif woud give approval of a joint grand targeted operation during Tuesday's meeting of the federal cabinet to be held in Karachi to finally decide regarding steps for peace in the port city.

The joint operation would include personnel of Rangers, FC and Sindh Police, the sources added.

Morover Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to assure the Sindh government of the support and assistance of the federal government and of proivision of all resoures for the restoration of Karachi's law and order situation.

Sources further said that Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had provided Sharif with a complete briefing over the situation in Karachi, which includes reports of Sindh Police, Rangers and intelligence agencies, and that the prime minister is expected to issue direct instructions for indiscrimninate action to be taken over the issue.

A top-offcial of the Sindh Police, requesting not to be named, said that the prime minister would be briefed about the Sindh Police's position to tackle the situation in the metropollis city.

The briefing would include information regarding the last month's acquisition of GSM caller locator system by the police departmen, six years after recquisitioning it.

GSM caller locator allows police investigators to spot the exact location from where a mobile phone call is being made.

Sindh police are already in possession of CDR and RBS sytems which enable police to access to information over calls and messages over mobile phone services and to precise pinpointing of an already detected mobile device.

Prior to the acquisition, police had heavily depended on the intelligence agencies when they needed to locate cellphone calls.

Moreover the prime minister would also be informed about the shortage of vehicles (particularly Armored Personnel Carriers), weapons and ammunitions faced by Sindh police with regards to restoring peace in Karachi.

The Sindh police is also expected to seek training of its personnel by the armed forces.

Similarly Director General of Sindh Rangers will also present report and briefing over unrest in Karachi and the different zones affected by it.

Rangers sources said that according to the report, Karachi was divided into three categories: normal, troubled and sensitive.

Normal areas comprise of 14 per cent of Karachi's total area and includes PECHS block 2, Malir Cantt, Defence, Clifton and other areas.

Troubled areas comprise of 54 per cent area and included Lyari and other old city areas, Katti Pahari, Liaqatabad market, and other areas in the city's centre.

The remaining 32 per cent comprised of sensitive areas.

The report by DG Rangers would also contain data regarding extortion cases in the city. The data would include number of incidents and those found responsible for the extorition cases.

Earlier, during the hearing the over the Karachi law and order suo motu implementation case at the apex court’s Karachi registry on Friday a five-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan led by Chief Justice iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had assailed the Sindh government and Sindh Police for not realising their responsibilities.

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