Street criminals in Karachi to be jailed for up to 7 years: CM Shah

KARACHI, December 10 (Online): Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, while chairing the 23rd session of the apex committee in Karachi, vowed to end the rampant street crime in the port city, for which he claimed legal reforms are being considered.
As part of amendments to the law, the chief minister said, the cases of streets crimes would be heard by special magistrates under Section 30 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CRPC), adding that those convicted will be handed prison sentences ranging from three to seven years.
“We need to end the menace of street crime,” CM Shah said, adding that all law enforcement agencies were working together on the issue.
The 23rd meeting of the apex committee was attended by Karachi corps commander, Sindh chief secretary, director general (DG) Rangers, Sindh inspector general of police and other officials.
Furthermore, the apex committee was apprised that Sindh Police and Rangers had conducted a security audit of the entire province. At this, CM Shah issued instructions to fix the weaknesses identified during the security audits.
The meeting was also informed that 62 buildings and other institutions in the province, previously named after Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain, had been renamed.
During the meeting, the implementation of the decisions taken in the previous session were also reviewed.
Sindh Chief Minister’s Adviser on Information Murtaza Wahab on Monday refuted reports that the provincial governor had been removed from the apex committee.
The 23rd session of the apex committee was held at the Sindh CM House earlier today and was attended by the chief secretary, corps commander Karachi, DG Rangers, IG Sindh and other officials. However, Governor Sindh Imran Ismail was not in attendance.
In the past, the Sindh CM and governor used to co-chair the apex committee meetings.
Earlier reports had emerged that the Sindh governor had been removed from the apex committee. However, Ismail had said that he got no official notification in this regard. “If I have been removed from the apex committee then that is not a good thing,” he had said.
However, speaking to the media after the apex committee meeting, Wahab said, “The notion that the governor Sindh has been removed from the committee is wrong. The governor is not a member of the apex committee and used to be called as a honourary member.”