KARACHI: The provincial Apex Committee meeting was notified on Monday that the Anti-Terrorism Financing Unit (ATFU) had recovered Rs10,249 billion over the five years from 2015 to 2020 and registered 144 cases and arrested 90 defendants, among them 19 convicted. However, the critical fate of the Safe City project persists as the company contracted to install 10,000 cameras in Karachi has now been asked to provide input on the feasibility of the project and its PC 1.
While chairing the 25th meeting of the provincial Top Committee at the CM Building, the Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah, said the terrorists had no ethnicity, religion, language or nationality but their inhuman tendencies with like-minded elements made it obligatory to reviewing threat assessments regularly to keep our cities, provinces and countries safe. The meeting was attended by the Karachi Corps Commander, Main Secretary, IGP Sindh, DG Rangers, Minister of Information Nasir Shah, Legal Counsel Murtaza Wahab, Additional Head of the Secretariat of Home Affairs, Commissioner Karachi, Additional IG Karachi, Attorney General, Secretary of Excise, head of the provincial intelligence agency. and others concerned.
Shah said, “Our law enforcement agencies with the political will of the government have worked hard, making sacrifices and restoring law and order in the province, particularly in Karachi.” He added that threats continue to lurk, therefore, we must continue to review the threat assessment in this forum. The meeting was briefed that terrorist groups are using social media to organize and collect donations. The LEA and related agencies monitor them and take appropriate action.
The Safe City project continued to have difficulties for the past five years. The meeting was informed that the provincial government has approved the PC-1 Safe City project and the required funds will be disbursed. The installation speed of 10,000 cameras will also be accelerated. In addition, the Sindh government has signed an MOU with NRTC (National Radio & Telecommunication Corporation) on 11 December 2020 for the installation of surveillance cameras in Karachi. The Sindh Aman City Authority has been notified and an additional IGP Imran Yakoob has been assigned as its Director General. And to make matters worse, the Sindh government has just requested input from the National Radio & Telecommunication Corporation on the feasibility study and PC-I.
The Interior Ministry told the cabinet that the Anti-Terrorism Financing Unit (ATFU) had recovered Rs10,249 billion from 2015 to 2020. They registered 144 cases and arrested 90 defendants, of whom 19 have been convicted, 10 appeals await while 37 others are released. The meeting irritated 1,867 ATC cases awaiting court decisions. This directed the Law Department to ask the ATC to speed up trials and also directed the Prosecution Department to strengthen the prosecution of these cases.
The Ministry of Home Affairs indicated that 42 of the 61 defendants were sent to military courts, 30 of whom were sentenced to death, seven were referred to the Anti-Terrorism Court. Military courts have resolved 34 cases, sentencing two to life imprisonment while acquitting the other two. Currently, 16 cases or appeals are pending in the high court and the Supreme Court. From the meeting it was informed that as of November 30, 2020 there were 1,899 cases still awaiting a special trial process. As of December 2020, more than 240 cases have been instituted, 125 of which have been dumped. Hearing this, the chief minister said the sentence rate was 19.02 percent and the release rate was 78 percent.
It is stated that the Ballistic Signature Law has been promulgated under the title Sindh (Amendment) Act-2016. The Ministry of Home Affairs has re-validated and computerized 387,031 weapons licenses. During 2020, eight cases of hate speech were recorded. In connection with the decisions of the APEX Committee, several laws were enacted. The provincial government took over 59 facilities, including schools, madaris and clinics during 2020-21. The government revoked 20,051 NGOs and now only 5,148 NGOs are active. The audit was conducted of 660 NGOs, 25 of which were recommended for Tier-II audits by CTD. A total of 78 organizations were placed on Schedule-I, four on Schedule-II, 440 people were included on Schedule 4 and CTD has begun re-verifying those enrolled in Schedule 4.
Regarding Afghan refugees, the meeting called on the federal government to adopt a clear policy for their return. In light of the threat to Quaid-e-Azam’s tomb, Fatima Jinnah’s House and the Vazir’s House, the meeting decided to increase their security arrangements permanently.
It stated that foreign diplomats from various consulates in Karachi moved without security protection in the city. The police and other bodies recommended that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs could be asked to issue the guidance necessary for diplomatic missions. It is also known that VCs and professors from various universities and educational institutions meet with foreign diplomats without obtaining an NOC from the government.
The Top Committee urged the Law Department to seek approval from the Sindh High Court for the appointment of an Exclusive and Addl Session Judge. Trial of Judges for street crime court. IGP Karachi additionally arrested 350 defendants, and recovered 352 cell phones stolen or confiscated from October 2020 to December 2020.
IGP Police Mushtaq Mahar said at the meeting that DIGP Sukkur and SSPs Larkana, Kashmore, Ghotki, Jacobabad and Kamber are coordinating with tri-border stakeholders and partners in Punjab and Balochistan to control the movement of anti-state elements, between provinces. smugglers / criminals, weapons, narcotics.