Sindh govt announces ‘big’ operation against Bandits

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Sindh government has announced that a “large-scale operation” will be launched after Eid in riverine areas against heavily armed groups of bandits who have established a reign of terror in several areas.

The announcement was made by Sindh Home Minister Ziaul Hasan Lanjar when he told a press conference in Karachi’s Bilawal House that the operation would be launched after Eid in Sukkur and Larkana divisions.

Accompanied by Local Government Minister Saeed Ghani, the home minister said: “After Eid, a large-scale police operation will be carried out to combat robbery and criminal activities in the rural regions of Sukkur and Larkana divisions. There’s a zero tolerance for any crime in Sindh.”

In Kandhkot, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah also spoke about an operation in collaboration with the army and Rangers but unlike the home minister was stopped short of announcing a time frame.

Speaking to the media in Dari Sundrani where he had gone to offer his condolences on the death of the wife of MPA Abid Khan Sundrani, he said: “Tribal feuds have destroyed peace in the upper Sindh region.”

He said that his government would first engage all chieftains in these areas to convince them to get all their disputes settled in order to stop violence. He said if this did not work, an operation would be launched to eliminate dacoit gangs.

He disclosed that he had discussed the proposed operation with Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi during his recent visit to Karachi.

The CM said he did not know the source of military-grade weapons being used by dacoit gangs.

He, however, reiterated his government’s determination to wipe out the gangs and restore complete peace in the region.

The talks of an operation, even a military operation, were not new.

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