Sindh government to launch crackdown in Katcha area

Sindh government to launch crackdown in Katcha area

KARACHI (APP): The Sindh government has decided to launch an operation clean up against the gangs of dacoits involved in kidnapping for ransom in Katcha area of Sukkur and Larkana divisions.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting at the Chief Minister House with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in the chair.

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All the provincial ministers, advisers and special assistants to the Chief Minister and Chief Secretary Siddique Memon, IG police A.D. Khawaja, Advocate General Zameer Ghumro and others attended the meeting, according to a press release issued here on Monday.

IG Police A.D. Khawaja, briefing the cabinet on law and order, said that some gangs of notorious dacoits involved in kidnapping for ransom were active in Katcha area of Ghotki, Kashmore and Shikapur. These criminals might also be involved in other criminal activities, he added.

On this the Chief Minister floated the proposal of a clean up operation against the dacoits, criminals and their facilitators which the cabinet approved and allowed the IG police to launch the crackdown when he deemed it fit.

Briefing the cabinet on Khanpur, district Shikarpur incident, the IG police said that terrorists were penetrating from Balochistan to attack innocent people of bordering cities of Sindh.

On this Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that he had discussed the issue with the Chief Minister Balochistan and he was ready to cooperate with the Sindh government to evolve a joint strategy to curb their movement.

"I have asked IG police to coordinate with his counterpart of Balochistan to develop a new mechanism to secure our border with Balochistan," he told the cabinet.

He also decided to start constructing Kandhkot-Ghotki bridge on River Indus.

The Chief Minister further said he was keen to table Madaris Reforms draft Bill in the assembly. He asked his law adviser about his discussion with the administration of Madaris of different schools of thought.

Murtaz Wahab told the cabinet that he had held discussions with them and they have recommended some amendments and have also sought a week's time to finalise it.

The Chief Minister urged him to expedite the matter because the bill would be tabled in the next assembly session.

"We are also taking concrete steps for poverty reduction and for improving education system in the province to face the menace of terrorism," he said.

The Chief Minister also directed the IG police to crack down against the elements involved in selling or making liquor, Manpuri, Gutka and such other items.

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About prolonged load-shedding in rural areas of Sindh, the Chief Minister said that the Federal government was cooperating with his government, therefore, he would take up load-shedding, installation of meters and other issues with the Federal government.

The cabinet also endorsed the proposal of wearing helmet while riding a bike. The police department would launch a month long awareness campaign for this purpose and then an strict action would be started.

The cabinet also approved action against display of weapons, installation of police lights, routers and heavy lights, one-wheeling and acrobatic bike riding demonstrations on main roads.