Police chief stresses regulatory framework to control crimes
KARACHI: Additional Inspector General Imran Yaqub Minhas has stressed that the sale of secondhand mobile phones accessories has to be brought into a regulatory framework, which would help in dealing with the most serious issue of rising street crimes, as the accessories and spare parts of all the snatched phones were being disposed of by selling them in the local markets, a statement said.
Exchanging views at a meeting during his visit to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), he said: “The street crimes would only reduce when a regulatory framework for the sale of secondhand mobile phones’ spare parts is in place, otherwise it would remain a challenge and we may reach on the verge of disaster in terms of street crimes.”
The Karachi police chief, while terming the social media as a “menace and a curse”, said that a huge portion of the content revolving in the social media was based on unauthenticated reporting, which was playing with the public’s nerves; hence, it also needs to be regulated.
“I appeal the business community of Karachi Chamber to raise a strong voice for regulating all the social media sites and apps,” he said, adding that the social media sites, which build the perception about Karachi and Pakistan must be brought into a legal framework.
He admitted that robberies were taking place in Defence area where three gangs were operational, of which one gang has been nabbed and its coordinators have also been identified.
“Serious efforts were underway and strategies have been adopted to control crime; hence, the situation in DHA is likely to improve in the next few days,” he added.
To drastically improve the law and order situation of Karachi, the AIG stressed the need for an effective surveillance system in the city, otherwise the crimes will never stop.
“Enhancing the number of police officers would not yield results so we have to adopt scientific and technological practices being used all around the world for effectively controlling street crimes,” he added.
Due to the lack of proper planning, the city is collapsing and it was a matter of grave concern that there was no expansion plan for Karachi, which has been missing since many decades.
The city is turning into an ocean of concrete with undocumented and uncontrolled population, he said, adding that the city has to be reframed in a planned way, otherwise it will become prey to its own serious issues.
“We are facing another serious challenge within the department, i.e., criminalisation of police force and we are fighting really hard with that challenge, which is not less than confronting the ocean’s waves.”
Imran Minhas also assured to look into the possibility of nominating a focal person exclusively for the Karachi Chamber.
BMG chairman Zubair Motiwala expressed concerns over the deteriorating law and order situation of Karachi city, and said that in addition to infinite incidents of street crimes taking places across the city, 26 robberies happened in Defence area alone, whereas 17.5 per cent rise was witnessed in murder cases, car snatching escalated 67 per cent, gang rape incidents upsurged 130 per cent and 100 per cent increase was recorded in murders, while resisting a dacoity and bank robberies.
Urging the lawmakers to stop step-motherly treatment with Karachi, he stressed that the law and order situation of this city has to be given special attention and an effective strategy has to be devised on war-footings, otherwise, the situation would worsen further and the city will be plunged to a point of no return.
“[The] law and order issue was linked with poor economic performance, as it has been observed that the economic and business activities were shrinking and joblessness was rising; therefore, many people were landing up in the world of crime to fulfil their needs,” Motiwala said, while referring to $4 billion deficit suffered by the country in August.
“Despite contributing 68 per cent revenue and 55 per cent exports, the business community is compelled to continue their activities without security, gas and electricity and they have to face all the hindrances being created by the civic agencies, as well.
In this scenario, running an industry in Karachi is not less than a Jihad,” he added.
The BMG chairman also appealed the Sindh government to look into the possibility of raising pay packages of police officers to such an extent that they were able to easily overcome all their domestic expenditures and honestly discharge their duties without seeking bribe, as under the present circumstances, it has become impossible for a police officer with four kids to handle his domestic expenses; hence, he has no other choice but to seek bribe.
“Penal action and regards are equally important to improve the law and order situation of Karachi. Those officers who perform really well must be promoted, whereas the others who fail to deliver should be demoted and transferred to far-flung areas of the province,” he said.
To deal with the frequent traffic jams issue, he suggested that signal adherence must be strictly implemented and one-way violation should also not be tolerated at any cost, while the youngsters must also not be allowed to ride bikes without a valid driving licence.
BMG vice chairman Jawed Bilwani expressed the hope that during the tenure of Imran Minhas, the law and order situation improves in Karachi, which has deteriorated sharply nowadays, particularly in South and West districts.
He suggested to compile a database of criminals in which date-wise records pertaining to arrests and bails of criminals must be maintained and publicised so that the honourable judges and everyone could see and analyse how many times these culprits have been apprehended and released on bail, which would prove very fruitful.
BMG general secretary A Q Khalil said that it was a matter of concern that Karachi was the only city whose actual population has not been determined to-date; hence, in such a situation, it was impossible to evaluate the problems of this city, particularly the size of the police force required for maintaining law and order situation.
“Rangers enjoys more powers and facilities, compared with the police, which needs to be strengthened, provided insurance facilities and other perks, besides fully equipping them for efficiently dealing with the criminals,” he added.
Earlier, KCCI president in his address of welcome said the Karachi Chamber, being the premier and largest chamber, plays the role of a bridge between the law-enforcement agencies and the business community so that the issues could be amicably and promptly resolved.
He underscored the need to carry out effective policing across Karachi where the population has risen to around 25 million to 30 million, whereas the law and order situation has been worsening day-by-day due to an increase in street crimes, burglaries, thefts, motorcycle and vehicle snatching, etc, which were widely being reported from almost all parts of the country.
PCLC chief Hafeez Aziz requested the AIG to nominate a DSP who must be tasked to look into and promptly resolve the issues being raised by the KCCI.
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