ISLAMABAD: Expressing its deep concerns and apprehensions over growing cases of lawlessness, the National Assembly Standing Committee for human rights has stressed on Provincial police and law enforcement agencies for stringent security measures. The meeting of the Standing Committee chaired in Parliament House by Riaz Fatiyana was briefed by police officials on the law and order situation.
IG Police Balochistan Malik Muhammad Iqbal informed the committee, that ever since the issue of assault on doctor Shazia, there has been a constant resistance in the Province and so far six separatist movements were active in the Balochistan Province.
He informed that ‘nationalist elements’ celebrated the auspicious day of 14th August as a black day, while during 2010 there have been 731 cases of violence, in which 367 persons were killed, with the highest mark of 70 in Quetta.
He strongly rejected the wrong notion of failure of governmental writ in Province, and informed that out of 30, only 10 districts were volatile, if any. Speaking on the occasion, the acting IG, Sindh Fayyaz Leghari informed committee, that during 2010, 1650 person were killed in Sindh Province; out of which 373 fell victim to target killings in Karachi.
He also informed that 140 gangs of kidnappings for ransom were also apprehended, while police managed to kill 20 proclaimed offenders, arresting 337 of them. He also informed of arresting 133 extortionists.
The I.G Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Tanveer-ul-Haq informed the committee that the biggest problem of the Province was terrorism, which resulted in many killed, wounded and maimed. However he assured that other crimes in the Province were rare and well controlled.
The standing committee, expressing it deep apprehensions over the rising tide of lawlessness and terrorism urged on police to evolve solid strategies to stem the tide of lawlessness; while stressing the use of political clout to end the morbidity of target killings.
The committee also stressed on ending the assault on minorities, besides stressing foolproof measures for the security of Pakistanis stranded in politically volatile Arab states like Egypt, Jordan, Libya and Bahrain among others, through the good offices of foreign ministry.-ONLINE