CM determination to expedite ongoing targeted operation against terrorism in Karachi

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
The Sindh Govt and the LEAs in a high level meeting held at Chief Minister House held under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah with special participation of Governor Sindh Dr Eshrat ul Ebad Khan, Corps Commander Karachi Lieutenant General Sajjad Ghani and DG Rangers Rizwan Akhtar has decided to continue and expedite the ongoing targeted operation against the terrorism in Karachi with full determination to take it up to its final destination of peace and prosperity.
The meeting focused on ten sensitive areas and vulnerable for police killings and decided for conducting combined raids in these areas to clear the same from terrorism, the meeting decided to increase the strength of Sindh Police & provide effective training to the newly recruited police personals from the Army instructors.
The meeting decided to put fool proof security plan with the support of 16,000 police personals in the place to maintain law & order especially during the Youm-e-Ali as specially those areas which are declared sensitive and vulnerable areas and celebrating the Eidul fitar peacefully. The meeting decided to enhance the security of all important installations to avoid any possible airport like attack in the Karachi.
The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Sindh Sajjad Saleem Hotiyana, Principal Secretary to CM Allamuddin Bullo, Home Secretary Dr. Niaz Abbasi, IG Sindh Ghulam Haider Jamali, Additional IG Karachi Ghulam Qadir Thebo, Advocate General Sindh Fatah Malik, Prosecuter General Sher Muhammad Shaikh, Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddique all DIG’s of Karachi and officers of LEAs. Addressing the meeting the Chief Minister Sindh said that we have accepted the challenges of Law and order as such have provided more operational authority to the police and rangers to take the action against the terrorist without any discrimination.
Lauding the role of LEAs in ongoing targeted operation he said that Sindh Police with the help of LEAs would completely weed out the menace of terrorism not only from the Karachi but whole province.
He said that the Sindh government was giving top priority to the law and order and has raised the budget of Sindh police from Rs 42 billion last year to 54 billons this year in addition to providing more than six billions for purchase of APCs, Bullet proof Jackets, and vehicles.
He said that we are recruiting 10,000 police personals under the recruitment plan 2013-14 and would recruit further 10,000 under the plane 2014-15 to increase the strength of Sindh Police. He said it was encouraging factor that in spite of the killing / martyrdom of the corps, the high sprit to fight with the terrorists was with the forces that to lead the operation to success.
The Chief Minister Sindh directed the administration concern to take action against the illegal madras’s specially being constructed along with the Highways. He directed the Home Secretary to collect the data and submit the same in the next meeting.
The Chief Minister Sindh while concluding the meeting recommended to the Federal Government for providing logistic support and Rs: 10 Billion as financial Support to the Sindh Government as committed earlier to fight with the terrorism with success.
Addressing the meeting The Governor Sindh Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad stressed upon the need to increase the number of police recruitment from Karachi and evolving the mechanism to redress the public complains if any against the target operation. He also recommended for sharing the modalities of police recruitment so that the process be made more effective.
The Corps Commander Karachi lieutenant General Sajjad Ghani and DG Rangers Rizwan Akhtar assured the Sindh Govt for providing full support operational and trainings help and facilities to the Sindh Police to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the Sindh Province Specially Karachi.
The Provincial Home Secretary Dr Niaz Abbasi while briefing the meeting has said that comprehensive contingency plan have been put in the place to ensure the fool proof security during the Yom-e-Ali As. He said that bane has also been imposed on the pillion riding on the motor cycle during the Yom-e-Ali AS. He said that under the SOP issued by Home Department the scrutiny of the areas nearing the important installation has been made and security has been enhanced there including the funnel areas of Airport.
He said that Home department was contacted with the NADRA to get the assistance regarding identification of Family and Facial Identification of the Criminals. The IG Sindh Police Ghulam Haider Jamali while briefing the meeting said that during the targeted operation 31% decreased has been made in the murders, 61% in target killings and 6% of extortions cases.
However he took the killing of police personals as serious threats and said that 10 areas have been identified where these incidents are being taken place. He said that extensive combined operation from Sindh Police and Rangers was being planned for these areas.

NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PPP & MQM ON BIFURCATION OF HEALTH & EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS SAYS NISAR AHMED KHUHRO

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
Senior Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro has said that there is no difference between PPP and MQM on the bifurcation of Health and Education Departments adding that bifurcation of the said department is not taken yet while it is being considered to bifurcate to improve the quality of services. He further said that MQM may have its own opinion but there is no difference between PPP & MQM.
This he said while talking to media after training certificates & scholarship award distribution among the PSTs & JSTs organized by Sindh Elementary Teachers Training Project at local hotel here today. He said that it is being considered to bi-furcated education department into Primary & Higher Education for improvement on the management of Education facilities in Sindh. He referred that Universities & Education Boards are working under the control of the Chief Minister Sindh while technical education is being managed by STEVTA.
Earlier, Addressing to the ceremony, the Senior Education Minister urged International Donor Agencies & Philanthropists to help Education Department in imparting training to 40 thousands Head Masters of Schools in Sindh so that quality education ensured to masses. He said that government is committed to achieve millennium development goal and in this regard teachers training is very important.
Teacher who are the leader of nation and responsible for training of our children needed capacity building training, He said that attitudes and behavior of teachers changes with the training & refresher courses which will be helpful to increase registration of children in schools and help decrease drop out. He appreciated the role of Canadian Government for providing assistance for teachers training.
On the occasion, the Secretary Education Dr. Fazalullah Pechuho has said that the government striving hard to counter challenges being faced by the education department which are multifaceted. Quality Education is a biggest challenge, he said adding that training of teachers will play pivotal role in this regard. He said Sindh Government is taking measures to improve the standard of 42 teachers training institutions located all over the province.
He thanked Canadian Government for support and said that SIDA project started in 2006 with the loan of Canadian Government which was later converted into grants for improving quality of elementary schooling in province. He informed that government has 512 Million Rupees in its kitty under SIDA Project which will be spent in fair and transparent manner for improvement of the education.
Counselor Development & Head of Aid Canada David Fornier said that Canada & Pakistan shared 60 years long term dedicated to stable and prosper future. He said that Canada is supporting Pakistan primarily in three domains including stable economical development, advancement of democracy and investment in education & Health.
He informed that Canada granted 132 Million Dollars Loan to Pakistan which is later converted into grant. He said that we are supporting Sindh Government in improving quality of Elementary Schooling in the province and continue to support in future. On the occasion Project Director Sindh Elementary Teachers Training Project (CIDA) Rehan Iqbal Baloch, First Secretary Development Canada Robert (Bob) Sniders also present. Later 39 Elementary School teachers were given scholarship awards while 39 Junior School Teachers and 25 Primary School teachers from all over the province given training Certificates.