INTERVIEW WITH AHMED CHINOY CHIEF CPLC SINDH

KHALIL AHMED
(feedback@pgeconomist.com)

Apr 30 - May 6, 20
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Ahmed Chinoy belongs to a business family and is working as executive partner of Arch Sons engaged in textile yarn and fabric business. He graduated from government college of commerce and economics and completed cost & management accountancy (CMA) from ICMAP. He is actively engaged in services related to social and educational uplift and striving hard for the safety and security of the masses. He is proactively engaged in combating the crimes for the last 20 years and helping citizens who have been victims of heinous crimes.

He has held highly distinguished positions in the last 20 years.

Currently serving as the Chief Citizens Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) Sindh, he has been designated as the Justice of Peace & First Class Special Judicial Magistrate (Hon) for the province of Sindh. He is associated with CPLC since its inception in 1990.

By virtue of untiring efforts to safeguard the lives and property of the masses, the government of Pakistan conferred Sitara-e- Imtiaz upon him in the year 2007.

Services to Educational Sector - All being run on welfare basis

Chairman Management Board, Sir Adamjee Institute of Technology - An institute affiliated (BBA Programmes) with University of Karachi.

President "Kutiyana Memon Academy" - A purpose built school with a capacity of 1000 students.

Patron in-chief of CPLC public schools where more than 1000 students are imparted quality education absolutely free of cost.

Vice Chairperson of committee for monitoring of city government schools in Karachi with about 4000 schools and 300,000 students.

Associated with Commecs Institute of Business Education as a trustee. A highly rated college built with public donation for commerce education up to BBA level.

Chairman KMA Education Board running four Schools and a degree College with 10,000 students

SERVICES TO SOCIAL AND HEALTH SECTORS:

President - All Pakistan Memon Federation since 2008

Remained President Commecs - The Alumni of govt. college of commerce & economics for the year 2002 and 2003 and still actively participating in Commecs activities

Coordinator Kutiyana Memon Hospital since its inception i.e. 1992. A 150 bedded modern health institute being run on welfare basis

President - KMA Eye Hospital since 1991. This hospital is providing treatment to approximately 50,000 patients a year at affordable rates with 30 PCT free treatment to deserving patients

Trustee Indus Hospital - A treasury care, 150 bedded medical hospital serving free of cost to all patients

SERVICES TO TRADE ASSOCIATIONS:

Central Chairman Pakistan Cloth Merchants Association (PCMA) for the year 2002-03. The PCMA is one of the oldest textile association in Pakistan, which was established in 1960. It is an all Pakistan trade body which is in the forefront on all important forums, contributing its due share in the economic development of Pakistan

Represented Pakistan in U.S.A. and Netherlands for export oriented course programmes and travelled worldwide.

PAGE: CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTION OF CPLC IN MAINTAINING LAW & ORDER IN KARACHI?

AHMED CHINOY: Community involvement and participation is integrated as an essential part of successful policing and equally for alleviation of extreme poverty in all developed countries of the world.

In 1989, when kidnapping for ransom, armed robberies, extortion, and car snatching were on the rise, the people of Karachi were not finding any recourse. In every such society there are always some visionaries.

In Karachi's case, the former governor of Sindh, Justice (Retd.) Fakhruddin G. Ibrahim was one amongst them who initiated the concept of CPLC. This was to involve people from the business community who were the main targets of these crimes.

Governor Ibrahim knew that with their involvement, the committee would not only cater to its financial needs, but also expand its scope and become recourse for the citizens in general as well.

These committees even in developed countries not only help to direct police resources to the specific problems being experienced in the community, but they also give concerned citizens an opportunity of ongoing relationship with officers in their individual districts. It is through such open communications that police departments and communities together make the best use of limited resources to resolve crime problems, identify issues and combat terrorism.

ROLE OF CPLC

CPLC was established in 1989, institutionalized in April 1990 through an amendment in the Police Rules 1.21 and expanded on a provincial network in 1993. It is not an NGO, but a statutory body.

Although it operates under the government, it functions independently like an NGO. It is a unique civil society organization while working as an advocacy group, practically upholds the human rights of individuals with the help of the community.

It has played an exemplary role in offering support to the law enforcement agencies as a unique example of government-community participation towards combating crime.

Some of the major areas CPLC dwelt upon in the 21 years of its existence, which have ultimately played an important role towards assisting the law enforcers in combating crime are:

a. Upholding the enforcement of the rule of law equal for all.

b. Creating awareness among the masses about their legal and social rights.

c. Providing efficient and effective technical support with equipment, data and access to information to law enforcement agencies.

d. Providing relief to victims of kidnapping for ransom.

e. Providing assistance to masses affected due to extortionists and black mailers.

f. Managing CDGK's command and control center.

g. Developed efficient and effective motor vehicle registration system which includes:

Computerized Motor Vehicle Registration Records

Government issued Number Plates

Tamper Proof Motor Vehicle Registration Book

Computerized Tax Collection to prevent evasion

a. Computerized Record of Vehicle Snatch / Theft / Recovery

b. Computerized Identity Kit (developing facial sketches of criminals

c. Central Command Computer System (Computerization of FIRs, Criminals/ Terrorist Record, their Trials, Convictions and Acquittals, with record Investigation Officers/ SHOs, Judges and Magistrates, Record of Bailed Sureties of Habitual Criminals and their Guarantors)

d. Final Reports for claiming un-recovered stolen property

e. Contest unfair laws and practices

Superdari

Illegal Requisition of Private Vehicles

a. Establishment of Central Vehicle Pool - Nazarath

b. Issuance of NOC's for transportation of vehicles

c. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Crime Analysis

d. Spatial Crime Analysis System

e. Public Awareness Programmes

f. Police Complaint Cells for Registration of FIR's and lodge complaints against police excesses ?

g. Scrutiny Committee

h. Medico-Legal Examination

i. Character Certificates

CPLC chose to do something pragmatic rather than being merely cosmetic, critical and cynical towards issues, which would enhance the rule of law and help in not only combating urban terrorism, but containing it to quite an extent.

Even heinous crimes like cases of rape which are difficult for the police to deal anywhere in the world, the victims or their family members trust CPLC members, confide in them and seek their guidance and assistance to liaise with the police, leading to the conviction of such vultures in society.

The most commendable thing in this regard is the commitment of the CPLC members who are working without any remuneration and all the officials including lady members working in various districts day and night to provide relief to millions living in this part of Pakistan.

PAGE: WHAT STEPS SHOULD FURTHER BE TAKEN TO SECURE THE LIVES OF COMMON CITIZENS AND THE INDUSTRY LEADERS IN KARACHI?

AHMED CHINOY: CPLC has always believed in proactive thinking and has worked hard day and night to safeguard the lives and property of people including industrialists and business community.

Ever since its existence CPLC, has been making efforts both verbally and in the form of concrete actions through which thousands of business persons and industrialists have been provided relief whether it be the case of kidnapping for ransom, extortion, blackmailing, dacoity, robbery, registration of FIR, snatching or harassment etc.

CPLC has proposed the government to move forward in the following areas to provide relief to the common citizens and industry leaders in Sindh:

Develop Police Reforms whereby their remuneration, rewards, hiring, firing, suspension, functioning and attitudes need to be developed

Establish and run effective Police Foundation and equip police and law enforcers with modern equipments and state of the art technology to combat crimes

Establish Alien Registration Authority to register each and every foreigner entering our territory

Should deweaponize the whole of Pakistan from illegal arms

Should have close monitoring of persons and goods transferred from one zone to another both within and outside the country

Develop a culture of harmony and peace through dialogues with various sects of society including religious, political and trade/business associations

National vehicle authority to stop illegal transfer of vehicles from one part to another

Develop a controlling mechanism to reduce or eliminate misuse of mobile phones, a vital tool for terrorists

Develop systems to stop cyber crime/cyber warriors (terrorists)

Develop literacy rate by at least 10 percent in the next three years

Establish close police coordination with trade bodies and business associations

Establish/spread CPLC to national level in its true form as being operational in Karachi

Assist victims of various crimes though a well designed victims assistance program

Encourage victims of heinous crimes to appear in courts of law and become a serious threat for criminals in future through effective witness protection program?

PAGE: GIVE YOUR VIEWS ON TARGET KILLING IN KARACHI.

AHMED CHINOY: The main reasons of target killings in Karachi are the unabated and blatant display and use of illicit arms and ammunitions. Karachi has been divided along ethnic lines by criminal politicians. Different communities fire upon one another accusing one another of starting the fight. Security agencies at times seem to be helpless due to limited powers and ineffective trial of criminals who are let loose due to lack of evidence even though if they are caught red handed. Karachi is the financial capital of Pakistan and as such every person feels that it's the most viable place to have their livelihood. Though the whole country is in the grip of terror whether it is mass killing or target killing, but in Karachi, the target killing on daily basis is a norm, if a day pass without an incident that is an exception.

Main causes of target killing in Karachi are instability of the government, biased statements of some political leaders and unemployment. It is has multiple reasons like interference in the internal affairs of the neighbors, induction of sectarian and racial hatred.

Violence was used, indoctrinated to achieve political ends. It has become an integral part of our politics and religious affairs and divinity was inculcated in it. Third party interest is also one of the main reasons of these killings.

Hatred always breed intolerance and violence. States, organization and individual using different pretext used it in different way.

The criminal elements in the society are based on linguistic hatred and run by hatred and intolerance to others.

The following actions may prove to be effective to stop target killings in the metropolis city of Karachi.

Concerted efforts need to be made to deweaponize the whole country from illegal arms' display and usage.

Time has come that close monitoring be made of people entering and exiting the city of Karachi in particular and Pakistan at large.

Dialogues to be arranged to inculcate a culture of harmony and peace with various sects of society including religious, political and business associations.

Strict implementation of laws be made without any influence from any quarter of the society so that swift justice may be delivered to the public.

Identify effective role and connectivity of the federal ministry of interior with the provinces in affairs of national security

National policy regarding licensing of arms dealers, security agencies, and issuance/continuity of arms license (urban and rural policy)

Frame policy on surrender of illegal weapons, offering compensation scheme for prohibited bore and newly restricted bores licensed and unlicensed

Buyback Schemes

Amnesty for petty criminals surrendering arms within a fixed time period

Pardon to petty criminals

Develop a standard stringent arms policy for issuance/continuity of license on the basis of qualification and character certificate from concerned agencies etc.

A transparent system of rewards for information leading to recovery of weapons and ensuring the secrecy, security and safety of the informer.

Improve coordination amongst various intelligence agencies to curb spread of weapons.

PAGE: INDUSTRY LEADERS HAVE URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO URGENTLY LOOK INTO THE FREQUENT STRIKE CALLS THAT PARALYZE INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITY AND EXPORTS OF THE COMMERCIAL HUB OF THE COUNTRY. YOUR COMMENTS.

AHMED CHINOY: Karachi, home to about 20 million people, provides nearly 70 per cent of the government's revenue and accounts for a quarter of Pakistan's GDP. In 2011, Pakistan's GDP was Rs18.4 trillion (US$202 billion).

Businesses, industries and fuel stations, public transportation and educational institutions remain close for many days on account of strike calls given on one pretext or the other.

The law and order situation, particularly on mourning days, does not allow industry to resume production. Industries cannot survive with such violence because workers cannot reach their jobs. The city gets partly or completely closed sometimes as much as three times in one week and the continued strike-like situation badly shakes the industry.

Even small businesses are affected during strikes. Traders cannot open their markets for lack of public transportation, and customers stay away because of the law and order situation. Daily wage earners are those most affected by the business slowdown.

If the situation is not normalized and businesses and industries continue to face the nuisance of strike calls, it is highly feared that many businesspersons including small traders would be forced to shift their businesses to other cities or even countries because of law and order situation. This shift of businesses and industries would be disastrous as further increase in unemployment would fuel to the unabated rise in frustration, corruption and resulting in loss of property and killings of more precious lives.