Govt taking steps to combat target killings in Karachi
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.