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Sindh CM approves plan to e-tag 7,500 habitual offenders

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Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah approved on Wednesday a police plan to introduce e-tagging of habitual offenders, with 7,500 criminals to be e-tagged in the first phase.

The chief minister took this decision while presiding over a meeting at the CM House, said a statement issued by his office.

The meeting was attended by chief secretary Mumtaz Shah, CM adviser Murtaza Wahab, IG Police Mushtaq Maher, Additional IG Karachi Ghulam Nabi Memon and others.

During the meeting, the chief minister said that in his last meeting he had directed the police to start extensive patrolling and take strict action against street criminals.

At this, the AIG said that from January to February 28, at least 143 criminals were killed and 147 injured in 143 police encounters. He added that 1,446 criminals have been arrested so far.

The chief minister was told that patrolling has been increased in the city and intelligence-based targeted operations were also in progress.

About the e-tagging of habitual offenders, the IG disclosed that 7,500 offenders have been identified who are either on bail or at large.

Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wahab said that a draft law for the e-tagging of the repeat offenders has been prepared and sent to the respective committee for vetting. The chief minister formally approved the proposal and directed his law adviser to expedite its vetting so that it could be discussed and approved in the cabinet.

The Sindh CM also said that he had directed the police and administration to start removing drug addicts from the streets as they were reportedly responsible for a number of street crimes.

Chief Secretary Mumtaz said that he has identified a suitable place in Gulshan-e-Maymar where drug addicts would be rehabilitated. At this, the chief minister directed the chief secretary to provide all the required facilities at the proposed centre so that police could start removing the drug addicts from the streets and send them over to rehab.

“The drug addicts are involved in street crime; therefore, their removal from the street is most important,” the CM claimed.

Discussing the cancellation of bails of habitual offenders and strengthening the police’s prosecution department, Murad directed the law adviser and the police chief to engage a panel of leading lawyers to prosecute criminals.

The CM also directed the police to arrange prosecution through competent private lawyers in high-profile cases. “I want to put a sizable number of lawyers on a panel and the complainant of the case will have the choice to select any lawyer out of the panel to represent them in their cases,” he said.

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