Target killings decline by 253%, extortion 36% in 2016

 Target killings decline by 253%, extortion 36% in 2016

KARACHI: The number of target killings in Karachi have significantly decreased by 253 percent during 2016, as compared to 2015, while the menace of extortions have slashed by 36 percent during the same period, claims an annual report of Sindh police, released on Sunday.

However, Police in the report have claimed that the number of target killings has reduced because of the good performance of the police while the report has not mentioned the achievement of Sindh Rangers' Karachi operation continued for the past three years.

The annual performance report of Sindh police 2016 also claimed that during one year Sindh police has not only achieved wonderful results in controlling the crimes, arresting the criminals and violence but have also made historical changes in recruitments in the department, besides initiating several new projects for the betterment of the department.

The report, issued by Sohail Jokhio, also stated that due to impressive performance given by Sindh police, the number of terrorist activities, extortion, target killings, murders and armed robberies in provincial capital has reduced to less than the half, as compare to the official data of the previous year 2015.

Also the number of the arrested criminals, terrorists and kidnappers has also doubled as compared to 2015, the reported added.

The report further mentioned that 10,000 personnel were recruited purely on merit with the representative of Pakistan Army and CPLC on board for the process and through NTS Test, besides drafting of a comprehensive Recruitment Policy and Seniority Policy.

It also said that seniority in all ranks of the Sindh Police was streamlined; 282 Inspectors were promoted to DSP, 870 Sub-Inspectors were also promoted to the rank of Inspector, while the Sindh Police Recruitment Board for transparent decisions was formed.

Further, the report said that formation of the Sindh Police Welfare Board was also ensured, besides reviving Benevolent Fund of Sindh Police. The police have also ensured disposal of pending financial compensation cases and have revamped investigation, Special Branch, CTD-Procurement of 3G and 4G Locators and Training Branch - Special Pay Package for Training Branch.

The Police Department has also enhanced the 'Shaheed compensation' from Rs 2 million to Rs 5 million. IT Cadre was created in Sindh Police with the strength of 2500 IT professionals in various ranks. Cadre has been approved and appointment will be started soon. Revamping of Driving License System with World Class standards also took place in 2016.

In 2016, the Police have also established State-of-the-Art Reporting Rooms, Reporting Centers and Facilitation Centers across the Sindh. Automation of Human Resource Management System and Criminal Record Management System was also ensured. The Department has also revived CCTV Camera Surveillance System in Karachi, besides ensuring recruitment of over 900 rightful claimants on Shaheed and Deceased Quota.

Furthermore, in PS Khanpur, Police foiled the attempt of suicide bombing on 13.09.2016. Resultantly, a suicide bomber was killed and three police personnel were injured.

On November 10, 2016, CTD arrested three terrorist belonging to TTP and recovered two TT pistols, one repeater, two rifle grenades, 10kg explosive, 10 detonators, five meters of detonator wire and five meters of covered wire from their possession.

On November 7, 2016, CTD police conducted a raid in Liaquatabad and arrested two terrorists involved in several cases of heinous crime. Additionally, the terrorists were also involved in the murder of 12 police personnel and seven members of the Shia community. A huge cache of arms and ammunition along with explosive was also recovered from them.

On October 07, 2016, an encounter between police and nine terrorists belonging to Al-Qaida and LeJ, in which all of the nine criminals were arrested by police. The police also recovered five pistols, four TT pistols with 18 bullets, four live bombs, two hand grenades and one suicide jacket from their possession.

A raid was conducted near 90 on October 5, .2016 within the jurisdiction of PS Azizabad, in which a huge quantity of sophisticated arms and ammunition were recovered.