Saturday, December 20, 2008

Barriers can be set up after acquiring NOC

A joint meeting of the ‘Inner Core Committee’ of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) decided that the Sindh Home Department will issue No Objection Certificates (NOC) for setting up barricades. Senior Provincial Minister Pir Mazharul Haq, Provincial Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza, Provincial Minister for Irrigation and Electricity Murad Ali Shah, Provincial Minister for Local Bodies Agha Siraj Durrani, Provincial Minister for Agriculture Ali Nawaz Shah, Deputy Convener (MQM) and MNA Dr Farooq Sattar, MNA Babar Ghauri, Provincial Minister Public Health Adil Siddiqui, Provincial Minister IT Raza Haroon, Hyderabad District Nazim Kanwar Naveed and MQM Coordination Committee member Waseem Aftab attended the meeting.

In the meeting, it was decided that after proper surveying, evaluation and assessment, the NOCs will be issued while a special cell will be set up in the Home Department to deal with the registration/ licensing of weapons.

Held at the Chief Minister‘s House on Friday, the members deliberated on issues regarding the illegal barricades/barriers erected in various parts of the city and weapons’ license registration at the police stations. It was decided that area residents should make a request for erecting barricades. A committee comprising of people nominated by the Home Department, concerned town/ taluka nazims and TPOs will then survey and evaluate the request and then recommend the Home Department for installation of barricades. After going through the survey, evaluation and assessment, the Home Department will issue NOCs for erection of barricades. During the meeting, MQM demanded that the policy should be sent to the Federal Government so it could be implemented in the entire country. The core committee also decided that a special cell will be established in the Home Department, which would look into the matter of registering licensed weapon while it was also agreed that the license holders must not be bothered in any condition.

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