KARACHI: Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah paid surprise visits on Thursday to various areas of the city, including Pakistan Chowk, MA Jinnah Road, Denso Hall and Boulton Market, and asked the people there about the law and order situation.
The traders informed him that though the incidence of extortion has decreased, there are still a few extortionists who continue to threaten and harass them. They also complained about loadshedding and water crises in their areas.
Shah asked them to report any crime to the police so that prompt action can be taken.
The chief minister also visited Mithadar Police Station and checked the records, including FIR registers. SHO Aurangzeb told him that because of law enforcers’ efforts, criminals and extortionists are under strict watch.
SPO Kharadar Agha Asadullah said that 100 constables have been provided from Sindh Reserve Police and that 120 are already with the police station.
Shah strictly directed the Police, Rangers and law enforcing agencies to further accelerate the efforts to eradicate the extortion and take prompt action against those involved in the incidents.
He asked the police to patrol the narrow streets of the old city, including Jodia Bazaar, Kaghzi Bazaar, Napier Road, Kharadar, Denso Hall. The SSP South was also asked to increase police force at the police chowki near Allahwala market in MA Jinnah road.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 29th, 2012.