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SSP Irfan Samon: An encounter-specialist with 21 encounters, 16 killings so far

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KARACHI: With his self-propelled slogan ‘every criminal will be half-fry and full-fry, Senior Superintendent of Police SSP Irfan Ali Samon, currently posted in Sukkur district, has become a symbol of threat for the dwellers of the province for his specialization of encounters.

Mr Irfan Ali Samon was first position holder in the Sindh province in the prestigious examination – Federal Public Service Commission – with his Master’s in Sociology at Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur in first division.

In his posting as SPP Sukkur, Irfan Ali Samon has undertaken at least 21 encounters in which sixteen notorious criminals killed while more than 200 dacoits injured. Mr Irfan Samon has been in the national media for his alleged encounters with criminals and in some cases the innocent ones.

In December 2020, prominent national daily The News had filed an investigative report on findings of the police inquiry on murder of Faisalabad lawyer in which the police high-up recommended strict legal and departmental action against Irfan Ali Samon. The lawyer was killed in Sukkur police private detention center in August 2020.

The inquiry was conducted by DIG Naeem Shaikh following which Sindh Police served a show-cause notice on SSP Samon and submitted references for further action however no action was taken against this influential cop.

Recently, a 25-years old student of Sindh University namely Irfan Jatoi was picked up by the Sukkur police from the hostel in Jamshoro on February 10, 2020. He was then killed in alleged police encounter on Sunday in district Sukkur.

While talking to a private news channel, SSP Sukkur Irfan Samon said that police party had intercepted criminals on checking on National Highway in the limits of Jhangro police station. On signal, the criminals resorted to straight fire on the police which was also retaliated and Irfan Jatoi was killed on the spot while his three accomplices fled from the crime scene. Moreover, SSP Irfan Samon told that Irfan Jatoi was wanted to police in 27 FIRs of heinous crimes including dacoities, robberies, car snatching, kidnapping for ransom etc.

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Rashid Ansari – Mafia of Sindh’s mines and minerals!

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KARACHI: The multi-billions dollar mines and minerals spread across the Sindh province are presently under clutches of a powerful person who is himself a One-Man Mafia, compelling all his officials to bow-down before him.

Rashid Ansari has become a symbol of threat to almost every official working at the Directorate General of Mines and Mineral Development Department, Government of Sindh for the last couple of years. And, nobody is willing to take action against his massive corrupt practices involving billions of rupees, sources confided to Sindhnews.

Sindh’s caretaker minister for mines and minerals Mir Khuda Bux Marri took bold step and initiated multiple inquiries against him, suspending him from the post of Deputy Director (Technical), Mines and Mineral Development Department, sources disclosed.

While taking stern notice of the situation and malpractices, Chief Secretary Sindh Dr Muhammad Fakhre Alam issued a notification suspending Rashid Ansari immediately for 90 days.

“In exercise of powers conferred by Rule-5(1) of the Sindh Civil Servants (Efficiency & Disciplines) Rules, 1973, the services of Mr Rashid Ansari, Deputy Director (Tech) (BS-18), Directorate General, Mines and Mineral Development Department are hereby placed under suspension for 90-days with immediate effect, on account of misconduct”, according to a letter exclusively available with Sindhnews.

“During the period of suspension, the headquarters of the aforementioned officer shall be at the Mines and Mineral Development Department. He shall draw pay and allowances, during the period of suspension, as admissible under the rule”, the notification adds.

Sindhnews repeatedly tried to contact Rashid Ansari for his official version however his cell phone remained unattended till filing of the report.

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DG Khadim Hussain refuses to grant mining leases to relatives of caretaker minister

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KARACHI: Making it for the first time, Director General, Directorate General of Mines and Minerals, Government of Sindh, has refused to grant mining leases illegally to the relatives of Sindh’s caretaker minister Mir Khuda Marri, it is learnt.

The insiders told Sindhnews that the caretaker minister was allegedly pressuring the DG Khadim Hussain Channa to grant more than 11 mining leases to brothers and relatives of the minister.

However, Mr Channa clearly refused to obey his orders resultantly the caretaker minister had a clash of worth with the senior officer, sources disclosed.

Soon after the clash, caretaker minister Khuda Bux Marri refrained the officer from attending the office and roaming the influential circle to get the officer transferred, the sources said, adding that caretaker minister had also requested the caretaker chief minister Sindh to transfer the officer.

So far, more than 20 mining leases have been granted to the close relatives of Mir Khuda Bux Marri however not a single lease granted to anyone after the decision of the Sindh High Court.

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CLICK Mafia – World Bank’s $23 million becomes useless  

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KARACHI: As the officers of the Sindh Government are used to of minting money, the assistance/loan of around US $ 23 million has also been fallen victim of corruption as the schemes initiated under Competitive and Livable City of Karachi (CLICK) project have been declared ‘substandard’.

The CLICK project is proposed to be financed by the World Bank’s loan under Investment Project Financing (IPF) and the Sindh government.

As per details, the monitoring team of the Planning & Development Department unearthed over Rs 32 billion embezzlement in the development schemes under the World Bank’s CLICK project in Karachi.

The team monitored 157 schemes in the first phase and 100 schemes were declared substandard whereas the report also revealed the use of old paver in the road construction. Moreover, the planning and development department has informed the World Bank about the substandard work in Sindh’s CLICK project.

It is pertinent to mention here that last year massive corruption and irregularities were unearthed in the sale of expensive KMC in Karachi’s Baldia West in which 4-acre land was sold via ‘fake challan’.The irregularities were unearthed in the sale of KMC land in Orangi’s Gulshan-e-Zia.

The four-acre land of a workshop and nursery was sold via fake challan with the nexus of a project director. Sources said that the land was used to bury the offal and waste of animals from 2004 to 2016.

The land came under the administration of KMC Baldia West section after the enforcement of the Town Municipal system in 2002.The market value of the said KMC land is more than Rs1 billion which was allegedly sold at extremely low prices via fake challan with the nexus of a project director.

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