Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan on Friday ordered the issuance of arms licences to the business community and additional mobile phone locators for the Karachi police, in a bid to control the worsening law and order situation in the city.
The governor ordered Inspector General (IG) Sindh and Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Karachi to immediately procure the items, following a demand by the respective stakeholders of the business community.
The governor also instructed concerned officials to depute additional 500 police personnel in the old city and industrial areas to combat criminals.
He also ordered the disbursement of extra mobile vans and motorcycles, and to establish police pickets on entry and exit points of markets and industrial areas.
Following a marathon meeting with stakeholders led by the Acting President Federation of Pakistan Chambers and Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), Haroon Rashid and leader of the business community S M Muneer at the Governor House, Ishratul Ebad ordered the establishment community policing in all commercial and industrial districts with the collaboration of Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC).
He directed the Home Secretary to issue arms licence to the members of business community in order to combat with the criminals associated with the bhatta mafia.
CPLC informed the participants of the meeting, that one mobile phone locator will be provided in November, through which phone calls of criminals will be monitored.
Muneer and Mian Zahid Hussain demanded the Governor to establish an IT Experts Cell which should extended access to phone call data of cellular service companies.
Ishtratul Ebad intimated high officials present at the meeting to give him a follow-up by November 15. He warned the concerned officials that if his instructions were not abided by, then they will be held responsible.
The governor expressed his concerns over the worsening law and order situation and assured the stakeholders that their grievances will be addressed without any further delay.
An enraged Muneer said that the business community cannot bear the ordeal any further and numerous entrepreneurs are considering wrapping up their trade.
Rashid said that if the situation does not improve the stakeholders will be compelled to go on strike on November 8, 2012.