Governor orders issuance of arms licences to businessmen
Karachi: The Karachi police would be equipped with mobile phone locators as soon as possible and issue arms licences to the business community as Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad ordered the inspector General (IG) of Sindh Police and the city police chief to procure the necessary equipment and documents.
In other measures to control the worsening law and order situation in Karachi, the governor instructed the officials concerned to immediately depute an additional police force of 500 personnel in the Old City and industrial areas. He also directed the police to establish pickets at the entry and exit points of markets and industrial areas.
Following a marathon meeting with stakeholders, led by Acting President Federation of Pakistan Chambers and Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), Haroon Rashid and prominent member of the business community, SM Muneer, at the Governor House, Ebad ordered the establishment of community policing in all commercial and industrial areas in the collaboration with the Citizen’s Police Liaison Committee (CPLC).
The governor also ordered the home secretary to issue arms licences to the members of the business community to help them combat criminals and the Bhatta mafia.
The CPLC chief pointed out that one mobile phone locators would reach law enforcers in November, following which the phone calls of criminals could be monitored. SM Muneer and Mian Zahid Hussain demanded that the governor establish an IT Experts Cell which would have extended access to the data of cell phone companies.
The governor said that he would follow up on these instructions by November 15 and if his directions had not been fully implemented by officials, the concerned officers would be held responsible. The governor also expressed his grave concern over the situation and assured stakeholders that their grievances would addressed without further delay. S M Muneer, while expressing his utter dismay over the situation, said that the community was considering closing its business as it was sick and tired of the situation. Haroon Rashid reiterated the warning of the business community to hold a strike on November 8 if the situation was not normalised.