KARACHI: A day after a complete shutdown in the megacity, the Sindh government decided to introduce legislation to put an end to frequent violent strikes which whip up fear among Karachiites.
At the same time, a massive reshuffle was ordered in the Karachi police, while another shake-up is likely to follow within a few days.
The chief minister, Qaim Ali Shah, directed the provincial law department to prepare the draft law proposing strict punishments for arsonists and rioters. “We’ll get the bill passed in the Sindh Assembly session [scheduled to begin on September 18],” he said during a high-level meeting on law and order.
In the police department shake-up, 18 top officers – including the city police chief and three zonal deputy inspectors general (DIGs) – have been replaced. The paramilitary Rangers and police, meanwhile, continued their surgical operations in different neighbourhoods of the metropolis.
Rangers’ officials told The Express Tribune that they have detained 30 suspects, including extortionists and kidnappers, and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition in raids in Naseerabad, Pipri, Gafoor Basti, Mehran Town, Dawood Goth, 7-D Surjani Town and New Karachi.
A police spokesperson claimed that they rounded up 152 suspects in 129 raids in different areas of the city. “The police also recovered 49 firearms and five bombs,” he added.
The targeted areas were sealed off before paramilitary and police commandos, armoured vehicles, motorcycle scouts, and policewomen took part in these raids.
Source: The Express Tribune