KARACHI: Dr Ishrat ul Ebad Khan, Governor of southern Pakistani province of Sindh, has asked law enforcers to draw up a plan of action to purge the city’s industrial areas of crime within 90 days.
The orders came after the Governor met prominent members of the business community at Governor House today.
He told them that apart from an extensive intelligence network, law enforcers should make use of new technology to apprehend criminals and thwart them. He lauded the community police’s efforts to curb extortion in old city areas and said a similar security plan would be followed for other sensitive spots, including bazaars and markets.
Dr Ebad also urged the business community to set up control rooms in industrial areas which could coordinate with the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) and Governor House during emergencies.
“I assure you [the business community], the government will financially support you if emergency rooms are set up in different industrial areas,” he said.
CPLC chief Ahmed Chinoy, who attended the meeting, told the media that 500 community police personnel are working with the business community to control extortion in old city areas. He said that police have set up barriers and enhanced snap checking in sensitive places to protect traders. “We will move to other areas if this plan proves to be effective.”
Representatives of SITE Association of Industry, led by Siraj Qasim Teli, told the governor that the area lacked basic amenities: roads are dilapidated and water as well as sanitation schemes have been abandoned.
Dr Ebad formed a committee, headed by Karachi’s commissioner, Hashim Raza Zaidi, to visit the area and work out a solution.