Apex Committee Decides to Enforce LEAs Writ in Karachi Sternly
KARACHI: A special apex committee meeting on Thursday decided to extend law enforcement agencies writ to Karachi’s weakly governed areas, DG ISPR Asim Bajwa tweeted.
“Effective policing and surveillance will be carried out in Karachi’s suburbs to prevent sneaking terrorist attacks,” DG ISPR said.
Further, Bajwa said that department officials will be appointed on transparency and merit to help the system for “long term sustainability.”
Bajwa also tweeted that criminals will be punished regardless of their affiliations.
“Criminals and abettors will be apprehended regardless of political, religious, ethnic and sectarian identity,” he said.
The meeting was held at the Corps Headquarters in Karachi to discuss the security situation following yesterday’s deadly attack on the Ismaili community.
At least 44 people were killed when armed gunmen boarded a bus and opened indiscriminate fire on commuters from the Ismaili community.
Militant group Jundullah, which has attacked minorities before, claimed responsibility for the attack.
Thursday’s meeting was attended by the Sindh chief minister, governor Sindh, the army chief, director-general of the ISI, chief secretary and IG Sindh, director-general of MI, DGMO and director-general ISPR.
During the day, initial investigation reports had revealed that the culprits hailed from Afghanistan. Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, meanwhile, claimed that India’s spy agency RAW was involved in creating unrest in Pakistan.
The director general said that apex committee meetings will be held on a weekly basis from now on.
Police meeting underway
Following the Apex Committee in Karachi, a meeting of the city’s police chiefs is underway to discuss the security strategy in the aftermath of Safora massacre.
The meeting at the police head-office on Thursday is being headed by Karachi police chief Additional IG Ghalum Qadir Thebo, heading the probe committee, and attended by other high-ups such as IG Sindh Ghulam Haider Jamali and DIGs East, West, CIA and Counter-terrorism Department.
Sources say the meeting will scrutinise the statement of eye witnesses and evidence found from the site of the incident and its forensic report and further the investigation in light of these findings.
‘10 million for informer’
During the meeting, Karachi Police chief Additional IG Ghulam Qadir Thebo proposed a reward of rupees 10 million for anyone who helps in the investigation and provides details of the assailants.
He promised that whereabouts of such an informer will be kept in high secrecy and that they will be protected.
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