CM directs police, rangers to start targeted operation against terrorists

KARACHI:Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Monday directed law enforcement agencies (LEA) to intensify targeted operation and further strengthen intelligence work so that emerging threat of terrorists could be crushed all over Sindh.

This he said while presiding over a meeting on law and order just after attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSE), at CM House. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, DG Rangers Major General Omar Bukhari, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, IG Sindh Mushtaq Maher, ACS Home Usman Chachar, Adl IG Karachi Ghulam Nabi Maher, Adl IG CTD and heads of different intelligence agencies.

The chief minister while condemning the attack on PSE, termed it an `attack on the country and on the national economy’ and said it could not be tolerated and the attackers would be crushed with iron hands.

He said, just after back-to-back attacks in Ghotki, Larkana and Karachi a couple of day ago, the attack on the stock exchange today seemed to be the terrorism of the same group. “I want to see all of them behind the bars,” he directed all the agencies. The IG Police, Mushtaq Maher briefed the chief minister about the incident.

According to the IG, the attack on stock exchange took police in the jurisdiction of Mithadar police. The police and rangers rushed to spot when the Mithadar police were informed. The police and rangers, within an eight-minute operation, killed four terrorists in the encounter.

In the operation, Sub-Inspector Mohammad Shahid, a security guard of stock exchange Iftikhar and an unidentified civilian embraced martyrdom while three policemen of RRF, Saeed, Shahzad Ahmed and Imtiaz, two passersby Khudayar and Ashiq, security guard Waqas and a stock exchange employee Amir sustained multiple injuries. They were shifted to hospital and their condition was stated to be stable, the CM was told.

The chief minister said that it seemed to be an organized group who had started terrorist activities in the province; therefore, they must be combed out and brought to the book. He directed police, rangers and intelligence agencies to start intelligence-based operation all over Sindh.

Shah also directed police and rangers to strengthen vigilance at all the exit and entry of points of all the cities, including at the borders with other provinces. The police and rangers told the chief minister that they would start targeted operation against the terrorists in the city of Karachi and other districts and towns of the province with 24 hours.

The chief minister was told the agencies had some clear close to reach to the throats of the terrorists. Shah appreciated the policemen and rangers who fought bravely with the terrorists and killed them. “My word of appreciation must reach the jawans of police and rangers,” he told DG rangers and IGP and said he would meet with the injured policemen to encourage them. The chief minister directed the LEA to send the fingerprints and photos of the terrorists killed in operation to NADRA to identify them and then investigate their links and origin further.

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