KARACHI: Additional Inspector General Imran Yaqub Minhas has stressed that the sale of second-hand mobile phones accessories has to be brought into a regulatory framework which would help in dealing with the most serious issue of rising street crimes as the accessories and spare parts of all the snatched phones were being disposed of by selling them in the local markets.
“The street crimes would only reduce when a regulatory framework for sale of second-hand mobile phones’ spare parts is in place otherwise it would remain a challenge and we may reach at the verge of disaster in terms of street crimes”, he added while exchanging views at a meeting during his visit to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
The meeting was also attended by Chairman Businessmen Group & Former President KCCI Zubair Motiwala, Vice Chairman BMG Jawed Bilwani, General Secretary BMG AQ Khalil, President KCCI Muhammad Idrees, Senior Vice President Abdul Rehman Naqi, Vice President Qazi Zahid Hussain, Former Presidents Saeed Shafiq, Majyd Aziz, Younus Muhammad Bashir, Shamim Ahmed Firpo, PCLC Chief Hafeez Aziz and others.
Karachi Police Chief, while terming the social media as a ‘menace and a curse’, stated that a huge portion of the content revolving in the social media was based on unauthenticated reporting which was playing with public’s nerves hence, it also needs to be regulated. “I appeal the business community of Karachi Chamber to raise a strong voice for regulating all the social media sites and apps”, he said, adding that the social media sites which build the perception about Karachi and Pakistan must be brought into a legal framework.
He admitted that robberies were taking place in Defense area where three gangs were operational, of which one gang has been nabbed and its coordinators have also been identified. “Serious efforts were underway and strategies have been adopted to control crime hence, the situation in DHA is likely to improve in the next few days”, he added.
To drastically improve the law & order situation of Karachi, AIG stressed the need for an effective surveillance system in the city otherwise the crimes will never stop. “Enhancing the number of police officers would not yield results so we have to adopt scientific and technological practices being used all around the world for effectively controlling street crimes”, he added.
He said that due to lack of proper planning, the city is collapsing and it was a matter of grave that there was no expansion plan for Karachi which has been missing since many decades. The city is turning into an ocean of concrete with undocumented and uncontrolled population. The city has to be reframed in a planned way otherwise it will become prey to its own serious issues, he added.
He said, “We are facing another serious challenge within the department i.e., criminalization of police force and we are fighting really hard with that challenge which is not less than confronting the ocean’s waves.”