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Madrasas' income, expenses, curriculum to be monitored, decides Apex committee

KARACHI: The Sindh Apex Committee Monday decided that the monitoring of Madrasas and educational institutions will be pe

Dec 10 2018

KARACHI: The Sindh Apex Committee Monday decided that the monitoring of Madrasas and educational institutions will be performed on three points -- source of income, expenditure and review of curriculum, said Adviser to Chief Minister Sindh on Information, Law and Anti-Corruption, Barrister Murtaza Wahab at a news briefing on the meeting.

The Adviser said that the Sindh Apex Committee has decided to hold talks with the management of religious seminaries situated on major roads of Karachi for their shifting.

He said that the meeting was informed that a working group has been formed under the chair of the Sindh Home Secretary for the registration of Madrasas and monitoring of other public and private institutions.

The meeting was informed that a draft has been prepared for the registration of religious seminaries which has been sent to the Law department for vetting, he said.

He said that the apex committee was informed that law and order situation in Sindh is exemplary, however, it requires more integrated interventions to make it durable.

The Adviser said that the committee has decided to bring an amendment to law to cope with street crimes and bifurcate it into two parts, adding that crackdown would be launched at the secondary markets where stolen two wheelers are sold out.

He said that to keep watch on terrorists' movement, security along with Punjab and Balochistan borders would be tightened. Under the safe city project, the Adviser said that a pilot project would soon be launched in red areas and the scope of the project would be expanded to other parts of the city and to the entire province.

The apex committee, he said, was also informed on the rehabilitation process launched by the Sindh government to rehabilitate the affectees of anti-encroachment drive and also about a review petition filed in the Supreme Court.

The Adviser said that Karachi Safe City Project will not be initiated under Public Private Partnership and added that the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and other institutions who have expertise on the subject have been requested to submit their proposals for the project.

He said that not only CCTV cameras but swift response mechanism would also be integrated in Safe City Project so as to take timely action in case of any untoward incident.   Police, Traffic, Fire Brigade and other emergency services plan would be the part of response mechanism.

The Advisor said that meeting was informed that a police station has been established on the Sindh Balochistan border and 69 police posts were set up along the border where 381 police personnel have been deputed to keep an eye on the entry points of bordering areas.

Barrister Murtaza said that the Sindh Apex Committee held in chair with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah reviewed law and order situation of the province, implementation of National Action Plan and investigation and prosecution of anti-terrorism cases.

The meeting was attended by Sindh Minister for Works and Services, Adviser, Corps Commander Karachi, Chief Secretary, IG Police, DG Rangers and others.

He said that the committee has decided to bring amendments to Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) to control street crimes in the metropolis and as per reforms special magistrate will hear the cases of street crimes under Section 30 of CRPC.

Under the law three to seven years' sentence could be awarded to criminals.   He said that the committee has decided to seek the assistance of Pakistan Army's Cyber Wing to control cyber crime in the province.

He said it was also decided that Rangers, Jail personnel and relevant agencies will work together for coordination in the investigation and prosecution of criminals, while capacity building trainings will be imparted to new prosecutors.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2018