KARACHI (ENN) Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the police were under the administrative control of the provincial government but some changes made in the law have upset the administration control.
This he said on Wednesday while talking to media at two different places, Liaquat National Hospital where he went to inquire about the health of baby Nishwa suffering from doctors’ inefficiency and at Gulistan-e-Jaguar where he offered condolence with Kashif Shaikh for his 19-moth old son Hassan killed in police and dacoits cross fire.
To a question, the chief minister said that the police were under the administrative control of the Sindh government but some `insertions and deletions’ made in the law have made the entire administrative system of provincial government on the police disturbed.
Mr Shah said that whenever provincial government suggested some administrative changes in the police for better policing some vested interest started hue and cry and termed it “political interference ‘. “Yes, it is political interference because we have been elected to power politically,” he said and added political governments take political decisions in the interest of their people, what is wrong into it, he questioned.
He said that police were independent but it would have to take decisions in consultation with the provincial [politically elected]government and definitely such decisions would be better for better policing.
Mr Shah agreed to a question that police as an institution was independent but “this independence doesn’t mean that they have the license to kill innocent people,” he said and added “the basic job of the police was to protect life, property and liberty of the people but there what was happening seemed to disappointing.
Murad Shah recalled that the worst law and order in Karachi was restored by the police, Rangers and Army because there was political guidance and will of the political government. “Now, the same police have made some seven mishaps in which five innocent lives have been lost, this is because in the recent decisions political guidance and consultation have been set aside,” he said.
The chief minister said that an unarmed couple was buying grocery from a store when the policemen patrolling there on bikes opened fire on bandits without caring of the people present around them and in the vicinity. “This is the professionalism and the responsibility they [policemen]demonstrated there and within a wink of eye they vacated the lap of a mother who had harbored lot of hopes and dreams her in 19-month old son,” he deplored.
Mr Shah told the media that they would be provided justice and he had told the family to register their FIR according to their wish. “I am really sorry and I don’t have words to express my feeling in the killing of your son,” he told the aggrieved father and the family. “This is a criminal negligence on the part of the policemen,” he said.
Earlier, the chief minister went to LNH where he visited Nishwa who has been struggling for life due to negligence of the doctors of a private hospital. He met with the doctor of Nishwa and told him to make all out efforts to save the life of innocent girls.
Mr Shah also told the doctors and father of the baby, Qaiser Ali that his government would bear all the medical treatment expenditures whether it was being done here in Pakistan or abroad. “Just I want to save life the girl,” he said.
Mr Shah told the media that Qaiser Ali had raised his grievances against the quackery and unprofessional doctors who were playing with the lives of innocent peoples. “We have enacted the law of Health Care Commission and would further improve it by removing the short comings so that appropriate action against could be taken against such private health facilities which were playing with the lives of patients,” he said.
He also deplored that the SSP of the area was hurling threats to Qaiser andhis family members for filing FIR against the hospital. “I was expecting strict action from the `independent’ police against the delinquent SSP but all was on TV tickers and an eye wash,” he deplored and said when he asked them to send the report of the action taken against the SSP they sent me letter of day’s date. “This is the efficiency and accountability,” he deplored.
The chief minister said that the report of both the incidents, Master Hassan and Baby Nishwa was not presented to him by the police and “now I have directed the police to send me detailed report along with the actions taken so far,” he said.
Talking about Article 149 of the constitution for which the provincial government was being threatened, Murad Ali Shah said that there was no mention of `federal government’s interference’ in the article they were quoting. He advised the prime minister to snub such ministers who were misguiding. He added that the article in question was only dealing with guidelines to be issued by the federal government in the matter of law and order and governance. “The province of Sindh was being governed better than any other province and law and order was in Sindh was best,” he said and added therefore they could not issue him guidelines. “Oh yes! The federal government should focus on its performance which was facing worst revenue recoveries in the history of the country.
Murad Ali Shah in his concluding remarks said that he would not allow anybody to interfere into the affairs of the provincial government.