Assignments under National Action Plan must be given top priority: Chief Minister Sindh

Karachi, June 30, 2015 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that the implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) was imperative, therefore its implementation must be done accordingly. “Whatever assignment the government of Sindh has been entrusted under the national action plan must be given top priority. It is our commitment and we have to fulfil it.”

This he stated while presiding over the cabinet meeting here at CM House today. The meeting was attended by Provincial ministers Syed Murad Ali Shah, Manzoor Wassan, Sharjeel Memon, Jam Mehtab Dahar, Makhdoom Jameel, Sohail Siyal, Gianchand Israni, Mukesh Kumar Chawla, Dost Mohammad Rahmoo, Jam Khan Shoro and others. Chief secretary Siddique Memon, Principal Secretary to CM Alamuddin Bullo, ACS (Development) Mohammad Waseem, Senior Member Board of Revenue Syed Mumtaz Shah, Secretary Home Mukhtiar Soomro and others.

Secretary Home Mukhtiar Soomro giving presentation to the cabinet on the implementation of the NAP said that in order to send cases for speedy trial to the military courts, the legal committee held three meetings to scrutinize 85 cases. The committee after thorough scrutiny recommended 64 cases for military courts but Ministry of Interior cleared only three cases which stand transferred to Military Courts along with under trial prisoners (UTPs).

Talking about armed militia such as TTP and their affiliates, the secretary said that 661 banned religious outfits have been identified. “Since January 2015, 447 terrorists/criminals have been killed and 41,077 arrested by Sindh police,” he said.

Giving details of hate speech, he said the government has adopted zero tolerance in this case. “Since 2015, some 753 cases under loudspeaker Act have been registered and 417 arrested. Over all 24 cases of producing/distributing hate material have been registered and 28 arrested,” Mr Soomro said.

Briefing about choking financing of terrorist organisation, the home secretary said that information was being shared during JIT of terrorists with concerned authorities such as FIA, state bank. The local government department has dismantled illegal hydrants.

Talking about establishment and deployment of a dedicated counter terrorism force, home secretary Mukhtiar Soomro said that the CTD has been notified with initial force of 100 personnel. The IG police Mr Ghulam Hyder Jamali adding more details said that 2000 retired army/rangers/police personnel have also been recruited. “They have started their work and have killed 199 terrorists and arrested 62,” he said and added that the department has been housed in Training College Saeedabad.

The chief minister directed him to submit a detailed proposal for their office accommodation and other logistics for necessary action. Mr Mukhtiar Soomro briefing the cabinet said that the government had adopted zero tolerance against religious persecution. Hindu Marriage Act was under consideration and meeting was held with minority communities on June 3. “We also held a meeting with Bohra, Ismaili communities as was decided in the last Apex Committee meeting. Another meeting with them is also scheduled next week,” he said.

Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah directed the law department to expedite the legislation work of Hindu Marriage Act. “This is most important and try to bring it in the next assembly session,” he directed
Giving details of Madrassah registration the home secretary said out of 9,590 Madaris 6,503 were registered and 3,078 were yet to be registered. “In the unregistered Madaris 517,696 students, including foreign ones were receiving education,” he said.

Secretary Home further said that under the revamping of Criminal justice system witness protection mechanism is provided in witness protection act 2013, anti-terrorism Act 1997 and Pakistan Protection Act 2014. “To improve investigation, the cost of investigation has been provided. DNA Labs has been established at LUMS, Jamshoro and Dow University Karachi. Forensic Lab facility is being developed and appointment of 200 Inspectors (law graduates) is also under process,” he said.

The Home Secretary said that around one million Afghan refugees were living in Sindh, if other aliens were included the figure would go to two million. “On your (CM) directives meeting with SAFRON, Commissioner Afghan Refugees and NADRA were held in which it was agreed that 18 centres for registration of Afghanis and other aliens would be set up in province, of them seven in Karachi, four in Hyderabad, two in Shaheed Benazirabad, two in Sukkur , two in Mirpurkhas and one in Larkana.

BRIEFING ON SAFOORA GOTH INCIDENT:

IG POLICE Ghulam Hyder Jamali briefing the cabinet said that during the JIT the terrorists arrested in Safoora Goth tragedy confessed their involvement in 37 cases of terrorism in Karachi and Hyderabad. “These 37 cases include murder, bank dacoities, attack on mosques, Rangers and police,” he said.

He said the accused used code names and Talkray, a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) software for communication. They are highly educated with good financial background. This group has more than 15 terrorists who are active in crime.

LYARI OPERATION:

IGP Mr Ghulam Hyder Jamali talking about Lyari operation said that 81 gangsters of Lyari Gang War have been neutralized in 2015. He said that kidnapping for ransom has been eliminated all over Sindh. Highway robberies, bank dacoities have also been reduced.

DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY:

Senior Minister for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah told the cabinet that during the out-going year he has released Rs118 billion for development schemes. “This is a substantial amount and with the releases of new financial year various important schemes would be completed,” he said.

Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah directed all the provincial ministers to monitor work on the development schemes of their departments and keep them visiting to witness their quality, pace of work and ensure timely completion.

“I want you to be vigilant while carrying out development works of your department and in your constituency. I would personally visit the uplift works,” he said and added “it may be considered a new strategy and I would not tolerate any negligence in this regard.”

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