Murad decides to gear up implementation of safe city project by installing 10,000 CCTV camsPolice to develop cell phone, bike snatching complaint lodging web

Karachi (HRNW) In order to improve security, safety and quality of life in the megalopolis city of Karachi, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has decided to gear up implementation of safe City project for which he has convened an important meeting next week to approve its different components.He took this decision while presiding over a high-level meeting on law & order here at CM House. The meeting was attended by Minister IT Taimore Talpur, Advisor law Murtaza Wahab, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Corps Commander Karachi Lt General Humayun Aziz, DG Rangers Major General Omer Bukhari, IG Sindh Mushtaq Maher, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, ACS Home Usman Chachar and other concerned senior police officers.The chief minister said that overall law and order situation in the city has improved considerably which could be assessed from the fact that in 2014 Karachi was at rank number six in the World Crime Index and now it has been ranked at 103.It may be noted that the World Crime Index surveys crime levels of 396 international cities. It had raked Karachi at number six in 2014, at 10 in 2015, 26 at 2016, 47 in 2017, 50 in 2018, 61 in 2019, 71 in 2019, 88 in 2020 and now it is at 103 in mid-October 2020.IG Police Mushtaq Maher said that Cape Town is at rank No. 19, Mexico at 29, Kuala Lumpur 38, Houston 50, Washington 52 and Delhi 71. The chief minister said that the city could be made more safe, secure if the Safe City Project was implemented at the earliest. He directed IG Police to convene the meeting of M/s NRTC next week so that a detailed discussion could be made on their technical and financial proposals.The Safe City project was conceived in 2011 and was planned to install high powers 10,000 CCTV cameras in the city in the first phase. The chief minister had approved Rs10 billion for the purpose but the project cost was said to be escalated to around Rs20.Mr Shah said that the security, safety and quality of life could be improved in the city with the help of the latest technology. He directed the police department to install 10,000 cameras at different spots, including red-zone and problematic areas in terms of criminal activities. Eid Milad-un-Nabi: The IG police briefing the chief minister said that Eid Milad-un-Nabi was falling on October 10, 2020. The main procession would be taken out from Memon Masjid at 12noon. The police department would deploy a force of 4706 personnel for their security. He added that another procession would start at 12 noon from Mereweather Tower and would terminate at Arambagh Masjid. The third procession would be taken out at 1.30 pm from Chhutan Shah Mazar and would terminate at Purani Numaish. In this way total six processions would be taken out in different areas and would terminate at the spots decided already. The IGP said that 947 procession and 902 Mehfils of Eid Milad-un-Nabi would be held all over Sindh and they would be provided proper security.  Chup Tazia: The Chup Tazia event would take place on 8 Rabi-ul-Awal, October 26, 2020, the IG police said and added on the day a procession would take place at Nishtar Park and would terminate at Imambargah Irania Hussainia, Kharadar. The procession would be given security by a force of 8000 policemen. Another procession would start from Qasr-e-Musayyab, Rizvia Society and would terminate at Shah-e-Najaf. Some 1200 policemen would provide them security.   The meeting was informed that 30 Chup Tazia procession would be held all over Sindh, of them nine have been declared as most sensitive, five sensitive and 16 normal.    Crime situation: The IG police sharing crime situation data said that in 2019 total 423 killings were reported in the city while in 2020 it was recorded at 414 which showed a difference of nine cases. In 2019 12 target killing cases were registered and in 2020, during the same period, eight cases were reported that showed a reduction of four cases.  Kidnapping for ransom was recorded at 31 in 2019 and 29 in 2020, Extortion cases in 2019 were 107 in 2019 and 116 in 2020 this showed an increase of nine cases. House robberies in 2019 were 242 in 2019 and 200 in 2020 that showed a reduction of 42 cases.In 2019, 1404 four wheelers were snatched and the number came down by 49 vehicles in 2020 when 1355 snatching cases were recorded. The two wheelers snatched in 2019 were 23,141 which increased in 2020 by 5264 cases. In 2019 15058 mobile phones were snatched in 2019 and in 2020 the figure went up to 16765.The chief minister directed IG police to develop a mobile application on which complainants of mobile/ car, bike and other snatching and robberies’ complaints could be filed at once without visiting the police stations. “This will help the police to activate their force all over the city to arrest the criminals,” he said.  The chief minister was told that all over Sindh target killing has come down by 33.3 percent, murders by two percent, extortion cases by 14 percent.Operation against dacoits: The chief minister lauded the professionally launched operation against dacoits in the katchha area of Khairpur and Larkana. It was a fabulous performance of the police of both the districts, he said.IG Mushtaq Maher said that the operation was launched in the katcha areas of Baradi Jatoi, falling in the jurisdiction of Khairpur and Larkana police. In the operation six notorious dacoits were killed, including Pathan alias Patho Narejo and Iqbal alias Iqoo Narejo who were carrying Rs2 million each head money. The police recovered one anti-aircraft gun, two G-3 rifles, one SMG, one rocket launcher with shells and huge amounts of ammunition. At this Corps Commander Karachi Lt General Humayun Aziz said that he would get the anti-air craft gun and other weapons recovered from the dacoits examined by his experts just to ascertain from where the dacoits were obtaining the weapons.   The chief minister said that he had appreciated the SSP Khairpur for launching a successful operation against the dacoits during his visit to Sukkur. Drive against Narcotics: The meeting was informed that during 2020 8081 raids have been conducted on drug dens and arrested 12788 by registering 10427 FIRs. The police recovered 7173.959 kg charas, 62.178 kg heroin, 23.20 Ice, 170.288 kg opium and 195606 liters of liquor. The police also arrested 6,383 accused for manufacturing gutka and mainpuri and confiscated 625,153 kg kutka and manpuri and sealed 66 manufacturing units. In the drive 5314 FIRs have been registered, the IG said.The chief minister urged the police to continue their drive against drug peddlers. “This is a crusade to save our new generation from the menace,” he concluded. -2-Murad orders early recovery of journalist KARACHI (Oct 24): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah taking serious notice of the mysterious disappearance of journalist Ali Imran has directed the police, Rangers and other agencies to ensure his early recovery.“These incidents are against the freedom of expression and speech; therefore, international journalists and human rights bodies start raising the finger of accusation on our tolerance.”This he said while presiding over an emergency meeting to seek a report on the disappearance and recovery of journalist Ali Imran. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, DG Ranger Major General Omer Bukhari, IG Sindh Mushtaq Maher and representatives of other different agencies. Mr Shah said that the sudden disappearance of Ali Imran has raised serious questions. “The national and international human rights organizations and journalist bodies have started accusing the government for target newsmen and stopping them from working freely,” he said and added this would become a cause of our [national] defamation.“We are a democratic country and believe the media as a fourth important pillar of the society, therefore we have to provide them appropriate security and develop an such a secure and tolerant environment in which our journalist can work free from any fear,” he said and directed all the agencies in the meeting to ensure early recovery of the journalist.The IG Police told the chief minister that a FIR for disappearance of   Ali Imran has been registered and investigation has been started. He and other participants of the meeting briefed the chief minister about the progress made in the incident so far. Mr Shah directed all the agencies to keep in posting the progress of the case. “I am waiting for good news of the recovery of Ali Imran,” Mr Shah concluded.-3-COVID-19 claims 4 lives, infects 304 othersKarachi (Oct 24): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that four more patients of COVID-19 died lifting the death toll to 2,598 and 304 new cases emerged when 9,374 samples were tested raising the tally to 143,526. This he said in a statement issued here from CM House on Saturday. Mr Shah said that four more patients lost their lives overnight lifting the death toll to 2,598 that constituted 1.8 percent death rate.According to the CM, 9374 tests were conducted against which 304 new cases emerged that constituted 3.2 percent current detection rate. So far 1,581,760 samples have been tested which diagnosed 143,526 cases, of them 95 percent or 136,518 patients have recovered, including 162 overnight. Mr Shah said that currently 4,410 patients were under treatment, of them 4,151 were in home isolation, four at isolation centers and 253 at different hospitals. He added that the condition of 152 patients was stated to be critical, of them 18 have been shifted to ventilators.Murad Ali Shah said that out of 304 new cases, 244 have been detected from Karachi, of them 86 from South, 74 East, Korangi 41, Central 23, 10 each in Malir and West. He added that Hyderabad has 10 cases, Shikarpur five, Ghotki and Shaheed Benazirabad four each, Thatta, Naushehroferoze and Sujawal three each, Badin two, Jacobabad, Khairpur, Larkana, Matiari, Sukkur and Umerkot one each.

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