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Sindh to launch crackdown against buyers of snatched mobiles phones  

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KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has decided to take measures to monitor the sale of stolen or snatched mobile phones and vehicles spare parts in the markets Karachi.

The 31th meeting of the Apex Committee Sindh was held under the chairmanship of Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, in which Sharjeel Memon, Home Minister Zia Lanjar, Mayor Karachi Murtaza Wahab, Corps Commander Karachi Lt Gen Babar Iftikhar,  DG Ranger Major General Azhar Waqas and other concerned officers.

Minister Home Zia Lanjar and IG Police Ghulam Nabi Memon briefing the meeting said that street crime particularly mobile snatching and four-wheeler and two-wheeler theft has decreased due to improved policing, however, the cases of four and two-wheeler snatching has shown slight increase.

Comparative figures for the first three months (January to April) of 2023 and 2024 indicate a decrease in the number of theft cases reported. The number of mobile phones snatched also showed a decline, with 6,813 cases reported in 2024 as compared to 8,688 in 2023, indicating a decrease of 1,875 cases.

However, the overall figures of street crime have shown a decrease of 1613 cases.

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The Chief Minister instructed the IG Police to reactivate the Shaheen Force with a dedicated motorcycle squad of 386 motorcycles. The squad should patrol the identified hotspots during peak hours, and each SSP should issue and implement a patrolling plan. Additionally, the police department was directed to revamp Madadgar-15.

The Home Minister announced that an additional 168 vehicles, including 120 motorbikes, would be deployed to enhance the police force’s capabilities.

The Chief Minister instructed the Inspector General (IG) of police to initiate the E-tagging of repeat offenders. A pilot project should be started with 4,000 devices. The IG police reported that the Rules have been drafted and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are being formulated.

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The Chief Minister also directed the IG police to upgrade the Command and Control Centre at the Central Police Office (CPO).

 

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