Chief Min­is­ter ap­proves Rs8m for Ex­plo­sive Lab

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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.

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