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PSX attack: Sindh CM directs LEAs to intensify targeted operation

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed law enforcement agencies (LEA) to intensify targeted...

Updated Jun 30 2020

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has 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 on Monday while presiding over a meeting on law & order just after attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) here 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 condemning the attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange termed it an 'attack on the country and on 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 few days ago, the attack on stock exchange on Monday 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 place in the jurisdiction of Mithadar police. The police and Rangers rushed to spot, when the Mithadar police was informed, and within an eight-minute operation, killed four terrorists in encounter.

In the operation, Sub-Inspector Mohammad Shahid, 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 is stated to be stable, the CM was told.

The chief minister said that it seemed to be an organised group who has 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 operations against the terrorists in the city of Karachi and other districts and towns of the province within 24 hours.

Shah appreciated the policemen and Rangers who fought bravely with the terrorists and killed them. "My word of appreciation must be reached to the jawans of police and Rangers," he told DG Rangers and IGP and said that he would meet with the injured policemen to encourage them.

The chief minister directed the LEA to send the finger prints and photos of the terrorists killed in operation to NADRA to identify them and then investigate their links and origin further.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020