KARACHI - The civil and military leadership of the province on Thursday sat together at the Chief Minister House and devised a strategy to implement the National Action Plan at provincial level to end terrorism from the province.

The meeting approved several steps to curb terrorism in the province including establishment of Anti-terrorism Force (ATF), zonal committees for integrated and coordinated action against terrorism and referring of 57 terrorism cases to Military Courts within 10 days.

The apex committee meeting was jointly chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and Governor Ishratul Ebad. The meeting was attended by Karachi Corps Commander Lt General Naveed Mukhtar, Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon, Finance Minister Murad Ali Shah, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dr Sikander Mandhro, Sindh Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiana, Home Secretary Abdul Rahim Soomro, Rangers Director General Major General Bilal Akbar, Sindh IG Ghulam Hyder Jamali and provincial heads of different agencies.

Brigadier Ahsan Gulrez of 5 Corps, giving presentation to the Provincial Apex Committee (PAC), said in order to ensure execution of Provincial Action Plan (PAP) across the province three zonal committees of Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur be constituted.

Giving composition of the committees, he said Karachi Zone would comprise DG Rangers, Karachi Commissioner, Additional IG Police (Karachi) and three sector commanders of the Rangers.

The Hyderabad Zonal Committee would have two divisions, Mirpurkhas and Benazirabad. The GOC Hyderabad, commissioners and DIGs of three divisions, and Rangers sector commander will be its members.  Sukkur Zone would also have Larkana Division. It would comprise the Panu Aqil GOC, commissioner and DIGs of Sukkur and Larkana divisions and Rangers sector commander.

Brigadier Ahsan said the committee’s task would be to execute the PAP in their respective zones in the light of apex committee’s decision. “The directives of the PAP are action against proscribed organisations, dealing firmly with sectarian terrorists, action against armed militias, Karachi targeted operation, choking financing for terrorists and their organisations and establishing a dedicated counter terrorism force,” he elaborated. The chief minister approving the formation of three zones said, “I want results and I want Sindh to be purged of terrorism.”

To a question of the chief minister, IG Ghulam Hyder Jamali said 315 cases would be sent to Military Courts, of them 48 are from Karachi, 121 from CID, 95 from Benazirabad, 17 of Hyderabad, 26 of Larkana and eight of Sakrand.

The CM directed the IG to refer terrorism cases to the Military Courts within 10 days and submit its report. On this the IG said, “57 cases of Karachi, including of some of the CID cases are ready to refer them to military courts,” he said. “I am scrutinising the remaining cases and would refer them as soon as their legal formalities are completed,” he added.    

Over the call for creation of a dedicated force for anti-terrorism activities by Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad and CM, Karachi Corps Commander Lt General Naveed Mukhtar said he was ready to impart them special counter terrorism training if the province gave its consent for the creation of CTF.

The CM directed the IG police to pick young, dedicated and educated police personnel with less than five years of services to induct them in the CTF. “The selection would be made purely on merit and on volunteer basis. The government would give them special incentives.”

Karachi Corps Commander Lt General Naveed Mukhtar said he would arrange special training programme for these 1,000 policemen and would divide them in 10 companies and each company would comprise 100 policemen.

Ebad said necessary arrangements may be made to repatriate the illegal immigrants, particularly the Afghanis. “Those who have managed to get CNIC must be identified and sent back.” The meeting also decided to send the cases of the officials, involved in issuing fake computerised identity cards, to Military Courts.

Qaim also approved the creation of Counter Terrorism Department. The department would be under DIG. It would have three SSPs, Intelligence, Operation and Investigation.  Finance Minister Murad Ali Shah said he would provide necessary funds for the CTD. “The government is committed to strengthen the police forces at any cost,” he said.      

Information and Local Government Minister Sharjeel Memon suggest action against wall-chalking. “All the deputy commissioners should be directed to get necessary measures to remove wall-chalking. Various companies have also started their publicity through wall-chalking. This should also be taken seriously,” he added.

The committee approved action against wall-chalking and directed the Chief Secretary to write a letter to all the DCs for the purpose.   

Earlier, prayer was offered for the martyrs of Shikarpur bomb blast. Qaim also directed the IGP and intelligence agencies to detect the culprits behind the blast.