KARACHI - Sindh apex committee on Tuesday decided to establish a force of 2,000 security personnel to safeguard China Pakistan Economic Corridor and 200 security personnel for the security of the witnesses.

The committee also approved establishment of 10 new anti-terrorist courts while 25 more cases would be sent to the military courts.

It has also decided to form peace committees at district level in order to maintain peace and tranquility while a committee would also be formed to address grievances of trader organisations including Aqeel Karim Dhedhi.

These decisions were taken by the apex committee meeting chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Tuesday. It was attended by Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad, Corps Commander Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar, DG Rangers Major General Bilal Akber, Home Minister Sohail Anwer Siyal, chief secretary, IGP and other officials. Briefing the media at the CM House, Advisor to CM Sindh on Information Maula Bux Chandio said the meeting was held in a peaceful atmosphere and the people who wanted clash of institutions faced humiliation after this meeting. “All the institutions concerned were present in the meeting and the meeting discussed several issues pertaining to the security of the province,” he said.

He said a force of 2,000 security personnel was sanctioned to safeguard CPEC. He said the committee also approved establishment of 10 new anti-terrorist courts while 25 more cases would be sent to the military courts. “The case of JUI-F leader Dr Khalid Somroo is also among these 25 cases sent to military courts,” he said, adding they are unable to send this case to military courts due to stay order in Sukkur bench.

He said now action would also be taken against the masterminds of the militants along with overseeing the SIM verification process. Wireless internet devices will also be monitored. He said a contingent of 200 personnel, approved for the security of the witnesses and safe house, will also be established for their security. He said the meeting also discussed the issue of reservations from Aqeel Karim Dhedhi and census campaign that had to begin in the province next month. “The corps commander had assured his complete support for the census process in the province,” he said.

Chandio said the prosecution issue was also discussed in the meeting. It was decided that appointments in the department would be made on merit in order to ensure better prosecution of the cases.

He said the government has also decided to consult with the security agencies before appointments in jails so that people with good reputation could be appointed there. He rejected the perception that PPP-Rangers tension had initiated with the case of Dr Asim Hussain, saying they have their reservations on the operation well before but accepted it in the best interest of the province especially Karachi. “We will follow the terrorists till their complete elimination,” he vowed.

To a query regarding Chaudhry Nisar, he said he was the interior minister of Pakistan and whenever he would come to the province, he would be welcomed. He said the religious affairs ministry and its minister were working on the uniform Friday sermon and it would help in eliminating religious hatred.

Chandio said those who were asking as to how they would implement this system in the province were also making issues when the provincial government announced ban on loudspeakers in the mosques except for the prayer call.