Chief Minister approves Rs8m for Explosive Lab
Shiv KARACHI—Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has approved Rs8 million for establishment of an Explosive Lab and issued directives for arranging suitable land in the city for Forensic lab. He took this decision today at the CM House while presiding over a preparatory meeting for the forthcoming Apex Committee meeting.
The meeting was attended by Advisor to CM on Law Murtaza Wahab, Chief Secretary Siddique Memon, IG Police AD Khwaja, Home Secretary Shakil Mangnijo, Additional IG CTD Sanaullah Abbasi, Adl IG Karachi Mushtaq Maher, Commissioner Karachi Aijaz Khan, Advocate General Zameer Ghumro, Prosecutor General Shahadat Awan and others.
The chief minister said that the Apex Committee had issued NOCs to welfare organisations to collect hides on Eidul Azha on the condition that they would get their accounts audited. On enquiring about it, chief Secretary Siddique Memon said that he had issued directives to the Commissioners.
“This was the condition of the NOC, therefore government must know how much amount they had generated and where they utilised,” the CM said.
Discussing the under construction Anti-terrorism courts, the chief secretary informed that six buildings were ready at Central Jail where courts could be housed.
The IG police AD Khwaja said that he has deputed a force of 600 policemen, known as jail police, to escort the under trial prisoners (UTPs) from central jail to ATC Courts at Clifton for their hearings.
On this the chief minister said that it was quite risky and sensitive to send UTPs of ATC cases from Central Jail to ATC courts Clifton for hearing regularly. When the UTPs of terrorism cases reach there (ATCs), they stay there for few hours which is again more dangerous. “I would suggest you to shift six ATCs from Clifton to the newly constructed courts at Central Jail for security reasons.
“At this stage when we are at the war with terrorists and enemies of the country we cannot take such a high risk,” he urged the chief secretary and added that within next three months 14 other court buildings would be ready for establishing new ATC courts. He also directed his principal secretary Naveed Kamran Baloch to coordinate with contracting firm and get the 14 ATC buildings ready within next three months.
Talking about introduction of new number plates with security features, including tracking system in all kind of vehicles and bikes, the chief secretary said that the Excise & Taxation Department has started consultative process. The chief minister directed chief secretary to expedite the process and implement it. The IG police told the chief minister that 1100 force for CPEC projects security has been raised while the recruitment fort remaining 900 was in progress.
Earlier, the IGP and Additional IG CTD Sanaullah Abbasi briefed the chief minister on the Nazimabad incident. They told him that some suspects have been arrested and the incident was being investigated with different angels. On this the chief minister directed the IG police to coordinate with other agencies and get this case worked out. “It is fourth incident one after the other and cannot be ignored,” he said and directed him to show the progress.
KARACHI: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah performing Dewali rituals at Temple of at Clifton.