Karachi, Oct 15: In view of a spurt in street crimes in this most populated city of Pakistan, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has ordered boosting of the police force with
recruitment of 5,000 new personnel so as to effectively crack down on criminals.
Aziz, who visited Karachi yesterday to take stock of the crime scene and other problems like spread of dengue virus in the city, said police must take all necessary steps within a
fortnight to improve the law and order situation.
With the markets doing business late into the night due to the increase in shoppers for the Eid festival, newspapers have reported a daily increase in street crimes, mostly
stealing and snatching of mobile phones, cash and cars.
More than 50,000 mobile phones have been reported stolen
or snatched in the city in the last 12 months.
"The Prime Minister has given orders for increasing the police force by 5,000 people and this we are hopeful would go a long way in improving the scenario in Karachi," city police chief Jahangir Mirza said adding, "we have faced problems with shortage of manpower for many months now."
Mirza said the process for new appointments in the force
would start soon.
"We have put in a comprehensive security plan including surveillance cameras at main shopping centres and increased patrolling," another senior police officer said.