Karachi needs more cops: DG Rangers

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

KARACHI: Direc­tor Gen­eral Pak­istan Rangers Sindh Maj. Gen. Mo­ham­mad Saeed has stressed that Karachi needs en­hanced num­ber of po­lice­men who must also be fully equipped with mod­ern tech­nolo­gies so that they could ef­fi­ciently main­tain law & or­der sit­u­a­tion of a city with a huge pop­u­la­tion, says a Press re­lease.

Speak­ing at a meet­ing dur­ing his visit to the Karachi Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try, DG Rangers added that un­der Safe City Project, high-qual­ity cam­eras have to be in­stalled all over the city to eas­ily iden­tify and ap­pre­hend the cul­prits while tracker en­abled chip-based num­ber plates for ve­hi­cles/ mo­tor­cy­cles have to be pro­vided which, if im­ple­mented, would surely bring down the street crimes. "The first fun­da­men­tal re­quire­ment is to en­hance the num­ber of po­lice­men and in­stall cam­eras. Se­condly, ev­ery­one has to par­tic­i­pate in or­der to re­solve law and or­der is­sues", he added.

Chair­man Busi­ness­men Group & For­mer Pres­i­dent KCCI Si­raj Kas­sam Teli, Vice Chair­man BMG Ha­roon Fa­rooki, Pres­i­dent KCCI Ju­naid Es­mail Makda, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent Khur­ram Shahzad, Vice Pres­i­dent Asif Sheikh Javaid, For­mer Pres­i­dents AQ Khalil, Ma­jyd Aziz, Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra, Younus Muham­mad Bashir and Shamim Ahmed Firpo along with KCCI Man­ag­ing Com­mit­tee Mem­bers at­tended the meet­ing.

DG Rangers pointed out that Karachi has a to­tal of just 31,000 po­lice­men and 110 po­lice sta­tions, of which only 14,000 po­lice­men were avail­able to CCPO on any given day with no he­li­copter fleet, no foren­sic labs and no other spe­cial­ized force. This mere num­ber of po­lice force was re­spon­si­ble to main­tain law and or­der sit­u­a­tion of a city which has re­mained out of state's writ for a pe­riod of 35 to 40 years. "Rangers force com­prises of 12,000 troops, of which 5,000 are fixed de­ployed at the Air­port, Con­sulates, Strate­gic In­stal­la­tions, Rangers Pick­ets and Red Zone who can­not be moved. Ex­clud­ing the Ad­min Staff, Pak­istan Rangers Sindh hardly has 4,000 troops avail­able and it was these 4,000 troops who cleansed Karachi from ter­ror­ists and crim­i­nals dur­ing the last 5 years and they de­serve to be ac­knowl­edged.

In or­der to ef­fec­tively deal with car and mo­tor­cy­cle theft and snatch­ing in­ci­dents, DG Rangers stressed the need to in­tro­duce tracker en­abled chip­based num­ber plates for ve­hi­cles/ mo­tor­cy­cles so that these could be linked to Cen­tral­ized Reg­is­tra­tion Data Bank which, if in­ter­faced with NADRA and RFID sys­tem, would help in eas­ily iden­ti­fy­ing the own­ers of ve­hi­cles/ mo­tor­cy­cles and also en­able po­lice and rangers to mon­i­tor the move­ment of ve­hi­cles.

He said that as mo­tor­cy­cles are used in most of the crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties, it should be made manda­tory for mo­tor­cy­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers to put in-built track­ers in their mo­tor­cy­cles as done in many cities around the world and also in La­hore. With an in-built tracker in­stalled on ev­ery mo­tor­cy­cle and cam­eras all over the city, it would be easy for law en­forc­ing agen­cies to quickly ar­rest crim­i­nals, he added.

Chair­man BMG & For­mer Pres­i­dent KCCI Si­raj Kas­sam Teli, in his re­marks, said that the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion was much bet­ter as com­pared to what it had been be­fore 2013 which was only due to strong voice raised by KCCI against ris­ing law­less­ness and the de­mand for Karachi Op­er­a­tion in which Rangers played the lead role.

KARACHI: Pres­i­dent Karachi Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try Ju­naid Es­mail Makda pre­sent­ing crest to Direc­tor Gen­eral Pak­istan Rangers (Sindh) Ma­jor Gen­eral Muham­mad Saeed dur­ing his visit to KCCI. Chair­man Busi­ness­men Group (BMG) & for­mer KCCI Si­raj Kas­sam Teli, Vice Chair­man BMG & for­mer Pres­i­dent KCCI Ha­roon Fa­rooki, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent KCCI Khur­ram Shahzad, Vice Pres­i­dent KCCI Asif Sheikh Javaid, for­mer Pres­i­dents KCCI A.Q. Khalil, Younus M. Bashir, Ma­jyd Aziz, Shamim Ahmed Firpo and Iftikhar A. Vohraare also seen in the pic­ture.

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