KARACHI – Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Thursday expressed satisfaction over the security measures adopted by law-enforcement agencies, saying that trade activities have been revived in all commercial areas and business centres of the metropolis.

Presiding over a meeting at his secretariat to review the overall law and order situation in the province, particularly in Karachi, the chief minister ordered that the crackdown on criminals and extortionists be continued with vigor along with strict vigilance, patrolling and snap-checking. He directed the Sindh Rangers and police to intensify security for the upcoming Eidul Fitr.

Although targeted and extortion killings have reduced considerably, it was “our responsibility to keep a vigilant eye on anti-state elements” and saboteurs, asserted Qaim as he hoped that activities of extortion mafia would soon be eradicated with the help of the security agencies. He called for closely monitoring activities of certain terrorist cells.

The chief minister also directed that all entry points to the inter-provincial borders be properly monitored to avoid passage to criminals and terrorists. He further ordered that tight security be ensured in and around all shopping malls and bazaars.

The meeting was attended by Sindh Home Secretary Rizwan Ahmed Memon, Sindh Police chief Fayyaz Ahmed Leghari, Sindh Rangers Director General Major-General Rizwan Akhtar, Additional IGP Iqbal Mehmood, the ISI and MI commanders, IB joint director general and other senior officials.

Detailed reports on the law and order situation and steps taken against criminal activities were also presented during the meeting by the Sindh Rangers and police chiefs.

Major-General Rizwan Akhtar told the meeting that the Rangers had arrested 16 extortionists and 15 assassins in a fresh drive against criminals.

Fayyaz Ahmed Leghari said that so far, 600 suspected persons had been arrested in Karachi on the charges of extortion, targeted killings and other crimes. “Out of the total of 600 suspects, 110 had been released on bail.” He also said that on the directives of the Interior Ministry, the process to block suspected SIMS (subscriber identity modules) had been started.