KARACHI: As the police remains engaged in pitched battles with entrenched criminal elements in Lyari, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Wednesday announced that the Rangers will now also be deployed in the troubled Karachi locality.
He was talking to reporters at the Chief Minister House after chairing a high level law and order meeting.
He said that Karachi is an important city and economic hub of the country while it is an endeavour of the present government to maintain peace in the province without any discrimination or favour, particularly in Karachi.
Announcing the decision to deploy Rangers alongside the police in the ongoing operation against criminal elements in Lyari, Shah said that final decision in this regard will be taken in consultation with Rehman Malik on Thursday.
He said that security forces were not just fighting gangs in Lyari, instead there was a mix of Taliban, Baloch Liberation Army members, and members of banned outfits.
He also announced Rs2 million as compensation for families of each policeman killed during the operation.
He said that it was previously decided that law enforcement agencies will take action against criminals across the board, and that no one particular group would be targeted.
The Chief Minister said that Lyari is the main centre of the Pakistan Peoples Party and a few criminals cannot be allowed to take law in their own hands.
He also clarified that they had nothing to do with the defunct Aman committee chief Uzair Jan Baloch.
IG Police Sindh Mushtaq Shah, Director General Rangers Sindh Maj- Gen Rizwan Akhtar, Additional IG Police Akhtar Gorchani, Commissioner Karachi Roshan Ali Shaikh, DIG Police Karachi South, DC South Karachi, SSP South Karachi and other heads of law enforcement agencies presented detailed viewpoints and performance reports on the situation.
It was decided that all the agencies will work together and evolve a strategy to curb the activities of terrorists, criminals and anti-state elements.
It was further decided that a subsequent meeting will be held tomorrow(Thursday) between the IG Police Sindh and the DG Rangers Sindh followed by a high level meeting to be presided by the Chief Minister Sindh. The meeting will finalise a line of action for combating the situation so as to maintain peace in all the areas of Karachi, particularly Lyari.
The meeting was also attended by Chief Secretary Sindh Raja MuhammadAbbas, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Syed Sohail Akber Shah and DIGs of Karachi.
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