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Sindh Home Minister directs police to beef up security for Eid congregations

SAMAA | - Posted: Sep 1, 2017 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
Posted: Sep 1, 2017 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
Sindh Home Minister directs police to beef up security for Eid congregations

Pakistan Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at a mosque in Karachi on July 6, 2016.
Millions of Muslims around the world are celebrating the Eid festival, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN

KARACHI: Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Khan Siyal Friday issued directives to police to remain alert and vigilant in order to ensure extraordinary security measures during days of Eid ul Azha.

He said it was imperative to keep check on banned outfits and not to allow them to collect sacrificial hides.

“Home Department has issued -Code of Conduct – for collection of hides and imposed section 144 to avoid any untoward incident. It is, therefore, the responsibility of police to ensure implementation at all levels and violators be dealt with strictly according to law,” he stressed.

Additional IG Karachi in a report submitted to Home Minister has said that all out arrangements have been finalised to ensure fool proof security at Masajid, Imambargahs and open places for Namaz e Eid.

“Police are also ensuring coordination with the stakeholders to keep peace and harmony during the Eid days with special reference to hides collection “, he added.

He further informed that police will be deployed visibly at all public places, hides collection points and SHOs concerned would be responsible to maintain peace and tranquility in their respective jurisdictions under the direct supervision of SPs and SSPs.

According to the report submitted to Home Minister, Police are ensuring security measures at about 800 hides collection camps and over 220 places for offering collective slaughtering of sacrificial animals in Karachi.

“Specific instructions have been issued to police to ensure mobile and motorcycle patrolling besides random snap checking at different areas of the city. Over 400 police mobiles and more than 200 motorcycles would be on patrolling and snap checking duties,” the report added.

It was further revealed that more than 16,000 police personnel of Karachi police would be on security duties whereas additional police force from SSU, SRP, RRF would be available to augment the security measures.

Home Minister issued the directives to ensure effectiveness of Advance Intelligence Collection Cells_ in proper coordination with Special Branch and CTD in order to ensure security around over 3,100 Masajid, about 200 Imambargahs and more than 400 open places for Namaz e Eid.

“Police should also ensure security at Mazars, vital installations, important buildings, all public places including recreational spots, bus stops and railway stations “, he stressed.

Home Minister further directed to deploy police commandos at all identified sensitive places and areas. “Police should also ensure regular mobile and motorcycle patrolling besides random snap checking within the city and around suburban areas”, he added.

He further issued directives to Additional IG Karachi to establish a central control room for smooth sharing of information and timely police action whenever required. – APP

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