Sindh Home Minister Visits Karachi Police Office, Vows to Tackle Street Crime

Sindh Home Minister Ziaul Hassan Lanjar visited the Karachi Police Office to discuss the city's law and order situation. Lanjar directed police to take effective action against street criminals and proposed measures, including a new force and increased resources, to curb street crime.

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Sindh Home Minister Visits Karachi Police Office, Vows to Tackle Street Crime

Sindh Home Minister Visits Karachi Police Office, Vows to Tackle Street Crime

On Monday, Sindh Home Minister Ziaul Hassan Lanjar paid a special visit to the Karachi Police Office (KPO) to discuss the law and order situation in Pakistan's largest city. Lanjar was welcomed by Additional Inspector General of Police (IGP) Karachi Imran Yaqub Minhas and other senior police officers.

Why this matters: The efforts to curb street crime in Karachi have a direct impact on the overall safety and security of the city's residents, affecting their daily lives and economic activities. A successful strategy to tackle street crime can also serve as a model for other cities in Pakistan, contributing to a broader improvement in the country's law and order situation.

During a high-level meeting chaired by Lanjar, the police chief briefed the minister on various aspects of law enforcement in Karachi, particularly the measures being taken to curb street crimes. Minhas proposed setting up a force, likely, fight, street, criminals similar to Lahore's Dolphin Force, which was launched in 2016 by then Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif. He requested 1,800 motorcycles for patrolling, 1,100 vehicles, 2,000 pistols, and 5,000 anti-riot kits for the motorcycle force. The police chief also suggested recruiting an additional 9,200 policemen for the metropolis.

Minhas informed the minister that incidents of murder during robberies and injuries were gradually declining due to an effective strategy and steps taken by the police. He attributed the reduction in car and motorcycle snatching/stealing to strict action against junk/scrap dealers who were involved in the sale and purchase of stolen vehicles.

In response, Lanjar directed the police to take effective and coordinated action against street criminals and their groups, ensuring the arrest of those involved in such activities. "Street crime is a big challenge that needs to be tackled with determination and the best strategy," unit, like, force, needed, curb, street, crime the minister emphasized. He also stressed that no leniency or compromise should be shown on complaints of bribery and extortion, and immediate action should be taken against those found guilty.

The Home Minister praised the overall performance of the police and commended the measures taken by the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) West. He announced that he would hold monthly meetings to discuss law and order and check reports on practical efforts to control crimes. "I will again visit next month and review the progress on the instructions given. I will personally visit different areas of the city and review the traffic situation," Lanjar stated.

The meeting also acknowledged the sacrifices made by the police, particularly in the recent attack on the Karachi Police Office, where four police employees were martyred and several police personnel and law enforcement officials were injured. Despite these challenges, the police have taken constant action against criminals, resulting in a significant decrease in motorcycle theft and mobile phone snatching incidents.

Lanjar's visit to the Karachi Police Office and his strong commitment to tackling street crime underscore the Sindh government's resolve to improve the law and order situation in the city. With the proposed measures and the Home Minister's close monitoring, Karachi's residents can hope for a safer and more secure environment in the near future.

Key Takeaways

  • Sindh Home Minister visits Karachi Police Office to discuss law and order situation.
  • Police propose setting up a force like Lahore's Dolphin Force to curb street crime.
  • Minister directs police to take effective action against street criminals and their groups.
  • Home Minister praises police performance and announces monthly meetings to review progress.
  • Proposed measures aim to improve law and order situation in Karachi and make it safer.