The president of Sukkur Small Traders, Jawaid Memon, has demanded the establishment of a Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) in Sukkur to improve the law and order situation in the area.
He made these demands in a letter to the governor, the chief minister, the home minister, Sindh IG, the interior minister and the Sukkur DIG. Sukkur is the third largest city of Sindh and the second largest business centre of the province, he said.
In the letter, he said that the criminals living in the suburbs of the city have become a source of nuisance for the residents and especially for the traders, who are being looted and robbed in broad daylight. The letter also pointed out that kidnappings in the area are also rampant. He said the gap between the police and citizens has widened, due to which the problems have multiplied.
Keeping the situation in view, he said that establishing a CPLC in Sukkur has become necessary. The establishment of the CPLC is in the best interest of the citizens and traders and now it’s the duty of the high-ups to establish it so that problems regarding law and order are solved speedily, he said.
A similar model of collaboration between the citizens and the police is already working in Karachi where the CPLC has helped recover kidnapping victims and addressed other crime issues.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2014.