KARACHI - The government has given free hand to police and Rangers but it expects maintenance of law and order which so far remains elusive.

Presiding over a law and order meeting held at the Chief Minister House on Saturday, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah directed that the performance be improved and criminal activities be strictly controlled.

He further said that police officers demand postings at police stations of their choice but it must be ensured that those police officers be given police stations who were really willing to work hard and control the activities of criminals with iron hand.

“Now, no careless or negligence will be allowed at any cost and those who cannot maintain the peace will be removed from their postings,” the CM warned. “We have to work with spirit and those who will show best performance will be rewarded.”

CM has directed the law enforcing agencies to strictly maintain the law and order in the province particularly in Karachi, and all out efforts be made to protect the lives of poor, innocent and down trodden people at every cost. He added that culprit is a culprit and, it is prime duty of law enforcing agencies to arrest the criminals whose number is not so large, but are killing the people.

Qaim said that during recent meeting of stakeholders, it was unanimously resolved that action be taken against criminals across the board. He made it clear that no one will interfere in the affairs of law enforcement agencies, as such prompt results be shown.

“Government is spending huge amount on law and order and the government gives first priority to maintain peaceful atmosphere as all resources and facilities including transport, ammunition and staff have been provided for the purpose.”

He said that notorious criminals be arrested and challaned in the court of law for punishments while the rule of law and authority of the law be strictly maintained.

The CM stressed upon the IG Police Sindh to maintain merit, abilities, qualities, and prompt performance of officers while giving them postings of police stations, as police is answerable to the government and government is answerable to the people. He further directed the IG Police Sindh and high ranking officers to put up officers and other force from sense of demoralisation, while encourage those who have courage to work.

Qaim also stressed that police and rangers should jointly work with proper coordination and should operate against criminals.

He said that people living in Karachi are Pakistani and they are working and residing here with expectations that the Sindh government will protect their lives and properties as such any one police officer or official who cannot maintain peace should quit voluntarily.

“Police and rangers are two arms of the government and when both arms will work jointly, they can promptly achieve the results of maintenance of law and order and eradication of criminals and terrorists from society.”

Earlier, Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Hussain Wassan, Chief Secretary Sindh Raja Muhammad Abbas, I.G Police Sindh Syed Mushtaque Ahmed Shah, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Syed Sohail Akber Shah, Deputy DG Rangers.

Brig Muhammad Rafique Khan, Additional IG Police Karachi Akhtar Gorchani, Commissioner Karachi Roshan Ali Shaikh, and heads of various law enforcement agencies presented their reports and assured the CM that peace will be restored in Karachi and criminals will be eliminated.