Sindh cabinet decides to seal provincial border fearing inflow of IDPs

Published: February 25, 2014
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The provincial government has decided to lift the ban two days before expiry of the ban. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

The provincial government has decided to lift the ban two days before expiry of the ban. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

KARACHI.: Sindh cabinet has decided to seal the Sindh border fearing the exodus of internally displaced persons (IDP) in the wake of possible operation in North Wazristan.

According to details, Sindh cabinet has decided on Monday to deploy the security force on its entry and exit points to ensure checking of each individual crossing into the province in the wake of possible military operation in North Waziristan.

Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah presided over the meeting.

“Federal government would be approached to fully activate and equip the National Alien Registration Authority (NARA) and evolve an effective strategy to block the illegal SIMs, which were the main source of crime in the city,” the spokesperson for CM House said while referring to meeting.

CM said the heavy influx of the IDPs is expected to enter in Sindh if army decides to take action in North Waziristan. He directed the Sindh Police to plug all the entry and exit points in the province and keep border under strict surveillance.

District police officers and SHO’s of the respective area would be responsible to verify and register the alien if any enter in their respective areas, said CM Sindh.

The additional chief secretary (home) Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah and acting IG Sindh Police Iqbal Mehmood briefed the meeting about the law and order situation in the Karachi and other districts.

It was also decided in the meeting that targeted operation would continue till the elimination of last criminal in the city. The cabinet also recommended federal government for providing latest and well equipped vehicles, latest explosive detecting equipments and other logistic support to Sindh Police to strengthen and increase its capacity.

The meeting was informed that the recruitment of 10,000 cops, 2,000 retired army commandos was in progress, while the procurement of 100 Armored personnel vehicles (APCs) and other bullet proof vehicles, bullet proof helmets, vests and other equipment was also in the process. A package to enhance salary to the police personals working at the sensitive police satiations has also been implemented.

Chief minister said that after raising the annual budget of Sindh police up to Rs42 billion, additional amount of more than Rs5 billion has been released to enable them to purchase latest equipments and vehicles.

The meeting also reviewed the total development budget Rs165 billion of the province.

Ban on pillion riding lifted

Sindh government has lifted the ban on pillion riding in the province effective immediately, Express News reported.

According to Express News correspondent Shah Waliullah, the provincial government has decided to lift the ban two days before expiry of the ban.

Sindh government had decided to place a ban on pillion riding on January 27, 2014 for one month to control law and order situation in the country.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Anon
    Feb 25, 2014 - 1:19AM

    It was also decided in the meeting that targeted operation would continue till the elimination of last criminal in the city.

    minus the ones sitting in the assembly of course…Recommend

  • Anon
    Feb 25, 2014 - 1:20AM

    As usual, the party that wants to start the war the most wants to have least to do with its fallout….

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  • saeed
    Feb 25, 2014 - 1:24AM

    As a Karachite, this is first ever good decision I heard from PPP government.

    I hope they will be able to implement it too and not give up under the pretex of “mini pakistan”.

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  • Kanwal
    Feb 25, 2014 - 1:33AM

    This is a brillian idea. Karachi has suffered too much already and is bursting at the seams. Let panjab bear some of the burden too this time.

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  • Imran
    Feb 25, 2014 - 2:34AM

    Well done!

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  • Imran
    Feb 25, 2014 - 2:35AM

    MQM said it last time for Swat operation but no one paid attention and they were ridiculed ! Now look there are Taliban in Karachi everywhere !

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  • Asim
    Feb 25, 2014 - 3:06AM

    Wao! so they only know how to open their big mouths for operation but when it comes to take care of the IDPs they seal their borders. HYPOCRITES!!!

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  • qasim
    Feb 25, 2014 - 4:22AM

    So now the families who will want to flee the sucide attacks from taliban and shelling from army will face sealed provincial borders and will be considered aliens. What a great logic. We pakistanis lost half pakistan but still havent learnt anything

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  • qasim
    Feb 25, 2014 - 4:27AM

    The families who will want to flee the sucide attacks from taliban and shelling from army will face sealed provincial borders and will be considered aliens, what a great logic. We pakistanis lost half of pakistan, but still haven’t learnt anything.

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  • Pakistani first
    Feb 25, 2014 - 5:35AM

    Why is no one questioning the stupidity behind this preposterous plan??? As a Pakistani, these CITIZENS have the right to move freely throughout the country without being hindered… Why not just break up the country into provinces and stop pretending we’re Pakistanis and not Sindhi, Balouchi, Punjabi, Kashmiri etc…

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  • Eja
    Feb 25, 2014 - 6:49AM

    So bilawal wants a full blown operation in FATA but doesn’t wanna take the heat and the consequences that come along with it? Pathetic.

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  • Fakhir
    Feb 25, 2014 - 8:09AM

    @ all, I thought we were one nation. I am deeply offended by this senseless gesture of the Sindh govt.

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  • riz
    Feb 25, 2014 - 8:24AM

    @Anon:
    100% agreed! PPP is playing double game.

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  • Aam Aadmi
    Feb 25, 2014 - 8:53AM

    if the ethnic provincial government is so serious to curtail the IDPs, it should see where the IDPs ultimately land. The entire IDPs coming to Sindh go to Karachi, where even the flood-torn IDPs from Sindh also settled down and are commonly found on the streets as beggars.
    It is important to seal the borders of Karachi to restore peace in the city to deal with not only the issue of IDPs but also the organized crimes like kidnapping for ransom & dacoities etc.

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  • Qasim
    Feb 25, 2014 - 8:58AM

    @Kanwal:

    when was the last time Karachi or sindh took care of anybody else? Swat operation IDPs were taken care of by punjab and KP, they will do it this time too.
    The thing that is unacceptable is, why did Sindh legislators talk about operation if they didnt have the guts to help with the consequences.

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  • Zia Ahmad
    Feb 25, 2014 - 12:05PM

    PPP not willing to share the burden of fall out of operation?
    then why they are asking for operation?

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  • Parvez
    Feb 25, 2014 - 1:14PM

    Bolting the stable door after the horse has escaped.

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  • Lashana Afridi
    Feb 25, 2014 - 6:27PM

    Why don’t we do it in simple and most straight forward way ? First lets tell the tribal people that we really don’t consider you human being let alone Pakistani.. War mongers must come and see the situation in IDP camps then beg for more war.. The way IDP lives their life i bet none of you drawing room keyboard jahadis will able to live for even one day.. Lets break up Pakistan FATA-Balochistan as a different country..

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  • Realist
    Feb 26, 2014 - 1:41AM

    A commendable effort by SA, It should implement it as well. Cause these type of events had not only disturbed the peace but had also affected the ethnic populations of the province from the very 1947, It is quite bewildering that the Sindh’s capital Karachi has about 5 million Pathans, 4-5 million Sindhi/Baloch and 5-6.5 million muhajars, 2-3 million punjabis and the rest. Muhajars who in the very 1st phase were responsible for the IDP’s in the 70’s, 80’s just to repress and dominate the local inhabitants. But, God has it own ways. Now look at the current scenario even they’r shitting bricks from the IDP’s.

    PS: Do publish my comment ET. To let the masses know about truth and afterall I represent the 2nd largest country population.

    Thanks.

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