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400000 Unregistered Afghan refugees are settled in Karachi – Apex Committee

The number of Registration Card-Holder Afghanis is 71492 only. No data of Afghanis and other aliens living in rest of Sindh shared in Apex Committee meeting.

787 Street Criminals, 540 Drug Dealers and 244 Land Grabbers are operating in the metropolis. Some 1714 narcotics peddlers are also doing ‘Business’ in education institutions.

Sindh Courier Report

Karachi

Around 400,000 unregistered Afghan nationals are living in Karachi while only 71,429 Afghanis are registration card-holders. The illegal immigrants of other nationalities are in addition to them.

This information was shared in 27th meeting of Apex Committee, chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Friday.

No data of unregistered Afghan refugees and other aliens living in rest of the districts of Sindh.

It was pointed out that the cross-border relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan has a long and varied history. There was no proper mechanism for registration of Afghan refugees, therefore it was decided to request the federal government to strengthen the border management system so that illegal immigrants could not manage to penetrate.

The chief minister directed intelligence agencies to prepare a separate party with a solo assignment of keeping an eye on illegal immigrants living in different localities of the city which have already been identified.

While discussing the killing of Chinese nationals in Karachi University and bomb blast in Saddar area, chief minister, in consultation with the all the agencies/participants, including intelligence agencies, decided to further strengthen intelligence network and working out mechanism so that timely operation could be conducted against the terrorists.

The meeting was given a detailed briefing on the social media being used/operated by the terrorist outfits and other criminal groups. The names and identification of terrorist outfits and their social media accounts were identified with number of their followers, traffic on their accounts.

The premier agencies were assigned the task to comb out those who were spreading venomous material on social media, brainwashing the incent youngsters against the state and state institutions and instigating them to kill innocent people as was done in Karachi university. “We will have to control the anti-statement and anti-social elements by using the latest technology, gadgets and tools, including social media.

The meeting was informed that through an extensive exercise conducted in the criminal record of the criminals operating in the city 787 persons have been identified as repeat-offenders, 540 drug dealers and 244 land grabbers. The lists of the identified criminals prepared by the agencies were shared with each other [police, Rangers and Corps headquarter] so that action as decided by the chief minister could be accelerated.

In the list names of the criminals, their addresses, CNICs, mobile numbers, photos or exposure, age have been mentioned. It was pointed out that most of the street criminals, drug dealers or land grabbers might be used by the terrorists in their anti-state activities.

The meeting was told that in 2013 the street crime cases were recorded at 1,506 cases per month. The cases had increased to 3,939 per month in 2002.

The task of installation of trackers in motorcycles was assigned to new Transport Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon.

The meeting was informed that several incidents of illegal occupation of government/ private land by land grabbers have surfaced. These land grabbers have strong linkages with criminal elements.

The chief minister said that the provincial government had created an anti-encroachment force at the Board of Revenue in 2011.The anti-encroachment police during 2022 registered 80 FIRs and arrested 150 land grabbers. The chief minister directed the chief secretary to decentralize anti-encroachment police at district level and keep their performance monitoring.

It was pointed out that the use of synthetic drugs by students of schools and colleges is on the rise in Karachi. To curb the growing trend of drug abuse in educational institutions, the chief minister directed the police and district administration to engage university administration/ academia and initiate crackdown against drug peddlers. “Students should be thoroughly monitored by the School/ College/ University administration on campuses to check if they are taking drugs,” Shah said.

The meeting was told that 1714 narcotics peddlers in education institutions were enlisted, of them 396 were in jails, 440 on bail and 878 at large. The meeting directed the agencies, including police and rangers to arrest the absconders.

The meeting was attended by provincial ministers, Nasir Shah, Sharjeel Memon, advisor law Murtaza Wahab, Corps Commander Karachi Lt Gen M. Saeed Chief Secretary Sohail Rjput, Advocate General Sindh, IG Sindh Mushtaq Maher, DG Rangers Major Gen Iftikhar Chaudhry, Prosecutor General, Additional IGs Karachi, CDT, Special Branch, Home secretary Saeed Mangnijo, provincial headsof Intelligence agencies and other concerned officers.

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