Govt tak­ing steps to com­bat tar­get killings in Karachi

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The mea­sures adopted by Fed­eral and pro­vin­cial au­thor­i­ties to com­bat tar­get killings have brought down such in­ci­dents dur­ing last two months in the coun­try.

A data avail­able with this Agency here on Wed­nes­day re­vealed that within Is­lam­abad Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (ICT), the con­cerned au­thor­i­ties es­tab­lished 29 halt­ing points with break up of 12 in City Zone, nine in Sad­dar Zone and 10 in I-Area Zone. At these halt­ing points, 51 ve­hi­cles have been de­ployed.

The data fur­ther re­vealed that from 1359 hours to 0600 hours the num­ber of halt­ing points have been in­creased and rose to 126. At these halt­ing points, 63 ve­hi­cles have been de­ployed to keep an eye over sus­pi­cious per­sons and ve­hi­cles to con­trol the tar­get killing.

With re­gard to pa­trolling sys­tem within ICT, the data said it has also been re­vamped and 15 Fal­cons and 16 pairs of Ea­gle Mo­tor­cy­cle along with 6 Com­man­dos ve­hi­cles have been de­ployed and work­ing in three shifts for sur­veil­lance and to com­bat Be­sides this, time to time sur­veys of houses and places given on rent are be­ing con­ducted at po­lice sta­tion level to as­cer­tain the types of keep an eye over their ac­tiv­i­ties as well as to con­trol the crime. De­tailed sur­veys of Mosques sit­u­ated within ICT have been car­ried out. Re­gard­ing naka bandi, the data said to­tal 60 such points in­clud­ing City Zone 24, Sad­dar 18, In­dus­trial Area 14 and Ru­ral 4 have been es­tab­lished on var­i­ous key points of ICT which are func­tion­ing round the clock.

About the steps taken in Pun­jab, the data re­vealed that ac­tiv­i­ties of Afghan Trained Boys (ATBs), Re­turnees from Afghan Pris­ons (RAPs)/Guan­tanamo Bay, Madaris in­volved in mil­i­tancy, Fire­brand speak­ers of dif­fer­ent sec­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tions and pub­li­ca­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion of hate ma­te­rial are be­ing mon­i­tored closely to con­trol tar­get killing in the prov­ince.

In Pun­jab, two in­ci­dents were re­ported dur­ing the pe­riod. In Sindh prov­ince, over­all law and or­der sit- ua­tion is com­par­a­tively sta­ble and peace­ful ex­cept in­ci­dents of ran­dom killings.

The data said from Au­gust 1 to Oc­to­ber 25, 2012 to­tal 108 tar­get killings were re­ported in the prov­ince of which 43 in Au­gust, 33 in Septem­ber and 32 in Oc­to­ber.

Karachi po­lice, in or­der to com­bat the crime un­der­took mea­sures in­clud­ing beef­ing up its pres­ence in vi­o­lence af­fected ar­eas, ap­pre­hen­sion of tar­get killers and gang­sters, en­hance­ment of pa­trolling in sen­si­tive ar­eas, mon­i­tor­ing and sur­veil­lance of sen­si­tive ar­eas and many more. How­ever, 124 tar­get killers in­volved in vi­o­lence were ar­rested.

The steps taken in Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) in­clude ex­tra or­di­nary vig­i­lance, share of in­tel­li­gence with other Law En­forc­ing Agen­cies (LEAs), ef­fec­tive po­lice pa­trolling round the clock and es­tab­lish­ment of ad­di­tional check­points at con­spic­u­ous places, and de­tec­tion of most of crimes & in­ter­ro­ga­tion of sus­pects.

In FATA, the data re­vealed that spe­cial fo­cus has been main­tained and mea­sures in shape of de­ploy­ment of LEAs on all routes lead­ing to and from the Agen­cies to en­sure that tar­get killing in the ju­ris­dic­tion of re­spec­tive Agen­cies is ef­fec­tively con­trolled.

It said due to ef­forts of re­spec­tive Po­lit­i­cal Ad­min­is­tra­tions tar­get killing in FATA has been brought down to the min­i­mum with ex­cep- tion to only one in­ci­dent which hap­pened on Oc­to­ber 11, 2012 in North Waziris­tan Agency in which 3 per­sons were killed and one injured.

In Balochis­tan, num­ber of tar­get killing in­ci­dents was 30 dur­ing two months (Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber) due to which 10 per­son­nel of LEAs and 24 civil­ians lost their lives while 12 LEAs per­son­nel and 11 civil­ians re­ceived in­juries. Pro­vin­cial po­lice strength­ened all exit and en­try points at dis­trict level. Be­sides po­lice check points (Nakas) were also es­tab­lished in and around the cities.

The CCTV Cam­eras have been in­stalled at key points within the pro­vin­cial Cap­i­tal and all en­try and exit points of Quetta dis­trict. Se­cu­rity of trou­bled spots has been en­hanced in or­der to pro­vide se­cu­rity to the cit­i­zens.

Traders are be­ing es­corted from Hazar Ganji to Hazara Town and on­ward up to Mar­ri­abad Quetta while Zaireen trav­el­ing from Quetta to Iran are also be­ing es­corted throughout the route by Dis­trict Po­lice and Levies Force in the area of re­spon­si­bil­ity. Dis­tricts Po­lice is con­duct­ing ran­dom check­ing through Block Raids while Spe­cial Mo­bile Pa­trolling teams were con­sti­tuted to per­form du­ties in trou­bled ar­eas. In­tel­li­gence shar­ing is also be­ing pur­sued with other stake­hold­ers. No such a killing was re­ported in AJK and ICT dur­ing the pe­riod.

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