Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while chairing a high-level meeting here on Friday on law and order situation in Karachi directed to lift ban on recruitment in all civil armed forces of Pakistan. The meeting was attended by Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad, Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Commerce Minister Engr Khurram Dastgir, Chief Secretary Sindh, Inspector General of Police Sindh and Director General of Intelligence Bureau.
On the recommendations of Director General (Rangers), the Prime Minister directed that, in order to ensure merit and transparency, Army Recruitment Centers should be engaged to facilitate police recruitment. “Recruitment should be purely on merit, without any favouritism,” he emphasised.
Keeping in view the protection of witnesses, investigators, prosecutors and judges, the Prime Minister directed to shift Anti Terrorism Courts to Malir Cantonment. He also directed that the Sindh Government should expedite the establishment of isolated high security prisons in Sindh for imprisoning terrorists. During the meeting, it was also agreed in-principle that additional police stations would be established in Lyari, Karachi.
The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Interior to expedite the blocking of illegal mobile phone SIMs and further directed to ensure the use of biometrics system for issuance of SIMs in future. He directed the Sindh Government and Rangers to take action against land-mafia, that was illegally grabbing state lands.
The Prime Minister said, “Karachi operation will continue. The sacrifices rendered by our security agencies are invaluable. Karachi operation is not a routine issue for the government and I will regularly monitor and supervise operation and will help the provincial Government in resolving their issues”. He said a high-level meeting in the next week is being called wherein all chief ministers, chief secretaries and inspector general of police will participate to review the overall security situation of the country.
The Prime Minister said, “We will also discuss co-ordination mechanism regarding border control, intelligence sharing and combating terrorism.” He said Police and Rangers should use new Anti-Terrorism Laws to combat terrorism, extortion and land-grabbing. Earlier, the Chief Secretary Sindh briefed the Prime Minister on the law and order situation and apprised him that 393 cases of heinous crimes have been registered.
The Prime Minister was apprised that illegal migration of foreign nationals was also causing a law and order problem. He was informed that fresh inductions in the police force were needed in order to strengthen the force. The Prime Minister appreciated the fast-track procurement of high-tech equipment for security purposes.