Sindh govt imposes ban on carrying, display of arms

The Sindh government on Friday imposed a three-month ban on carrying and displaying weapons in the province, reported Express News

According to the notification issued by the provincial government, the ban will be effective immediately

It noted that Police Rangers and law enforcement agencies will be exempted from this order

The notification added that SHOs of all police stations have been directed to register cases against those violating the ban

It was reported that at least 13 people lost their lives in incidences of street crime in Karachi last month, as residents remained vulnerable against street criminals

Earlier this month, the Sindh provincial assembly expressed concern over the law and order situation -- including street crime, dacoities and kidnapping for ransom

Read IG Sindh bans use of smartphones by on-duty cops Opposition members belonging to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) criticised law enforcers for their negligent role in curbing the criminal activities

"I was robbed outside my house

No one is safe in their house or outside," said PTI MPA Hassan

Minister for Labour Saeed Ghani said that the CM recently held meetings with the inspector general of police and the Karachi police chief to discuss concerns over street crime

In the meetings, the CM gave clear directives to the police to control the situation

Shaharyar Mahar of GDA drew attention towards instances of kidnapping for ransom in Shikarpur, Ghotki and Sukkur areas

He said hold-ups including depriving people of their motorcycles or cell phone were on the rise in small towns and cities

"Every time when we raise this issue, the CM promises to control the law and order and curb street crimes, but this never happens

We request the Sindh government to either curb the crime or issue arms licenses to the people so that they can adopt safety measures on their own," he said

Ghani said that the provincial government was taking appropriate action in conjunction with police and law enforcement agencies

"I'll bring this issue into the knowledge of CM and IGP," he said

Date:25-Feb-2023 Reference:View Original Link