Joint Operation Approved by Caretaker CM Sindh
Sindh’s caretaker Chief Minister, Maqbool Baqar, has authorized a joint operation against dacoits by the Pakistan Army and Sindh Rangers in the Katcha district of Sindh as a key step toward restoring peace and order.
Officials unanimously agreed to increase measures to battle criminal gangs in the Sukkur and Larkana areas during a major meeting in Karachi.
In Karachi, which is plagued by multiple mafias, a severe crackdown is planned to cut street crime, fight drug cartels, and remove illicit water hydrants.
The construction of a bridge across the Indus River between Ghotki and Kashmore, which had been halted owing to dacoit activity, is set to restart soon.
The caretaker Chief Minister emphasized the necessity of regaining public trust in government agencies while reiterating the state’s commitment to crime prevention.
He underlined the importance of destroying criminal networks and overhauling the existing police infrastructure.
The Bridge Project Implementation
Lt Gen Babar Iftikhar, the Corps Commander of Karachi, urged for rapid reinforcement in response to the issues confronting the stalled bridge project.
This year, there have been 220 kidnappings in Sindh, which is a concerning trend. While the majority of the victims (210) have been rescued, officials must move quickly.
Brig (Retd) Haris Nawaz, Home Minister, and Inspector General of Sindh, Riffat Mukhtar, disclosed that out of 220 kidnappings, 128 occurred in Larkana, 46 in Sukkur, 42 in Karachi, three in Hyderabad, and one in Shaheed Benazirabad.
The police head told the public that the majority of those responsible for the kidnappings are a tiny group of 50-60 prominent offenders.
Ghotki Operation Success
A significant milestone was recently reached in Ghotki with a massive arms seizure. However, the lack of authorisation from the Ministries of Interior and Defence for firearm acquisition remains a barrier.
While the Corps Commander in Karachi has granted his approval, the ball is now in the hands of the Interior Minister.
The cops are well-prepared and have a detailed plan in place. Aerial support, 18 base camps, and 400 checkpoints have already been established across the Katcha districts, with 3,200 police personnel already on the ground.
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