KARACHI: The Sindh government will talk to political parties and stakeholders of Karachi for suggestions and help to clean the city of weapons.
Home Minister Manzoor Wassan has been given the task of contacting political parties and stakeholders to ensure that the province is free of illegal arms.
This was decided at meeting on deweaponisation at Chief Minister House on Tuesday. The meeting was presided over by Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah.
During the meeting, Shah said that there was a huge quantity of illegal and illicit arms in the province, particularly in Karachi. “Prompt and effective measures must be taken to curb and control this,” said Shah.
“The police have been recovering large quantities of illegal arms.”
Shah informed those who were present at the meeting that even political parties and groups have demanded that the province be cleansed of illegal arms. “The law existing in the province should be implemented in letter and spirit,” said Shah. It was decided that the federal government will be approached. A letter will be written to it, asking for proper guidance, directives and legal permission to curb illegal trafficking and the use of prohibited arms for peace in the province.
Another idea that was presented was that of a computerised licensing system that could be started at all district headquarters. The fund for this has already been issued in 14 to 15 districts.
Shah directed that the system be improved so that the common man does not have to face difficulties and hardships.
The meeting was also attended by Sindh Law Minister Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Chief Secretary Sindh Raja Muhammad Abbas, Additional Secretary (Home) Waseem Ahmed, Secretary to Chief Minister Sindh Alamuddin Bullo, IG Police Sindh Wajid Ali Durrani, Secretary Law Syed Ghulam Nabi Shah and Advocate General Sindh Abdul Fattah Malik.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2011.
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