KARACHI: Inspector General of Police, Sindh, Shahid Nadeem Baloch has sought close coordination among Sindh Police, Sindh Rangers and Intelligence Agencies to ensure optimum security of people and places, particularly during Muharram.
In a meeting with the police department officials, he said terrorist activities are among the serious security challenges they are faced with and this needed an efficient contingency plan with equal focus to avert these through timely sharing of intelligence with
all concerned agencies.
IG Shahid Nadeem Baloch said foolproof security arrangements for 315 Imam Bargahs and 3980 mosques in Karachi must be ensured besides security cover provision for participants of more than 5000 estimated meetings scheduled to take place from Muharram 1 to Muharram 12.
He directed that round the clock close circuit monitoring and video recording of activities taking place on and around imambargahs and mosques, particularly those located in sensitive, areas must be essential component of the envisaged contingency plan.
IG Shahid Nadeem Baloch said equal attention must also be paid towards handling the identified challenges in the fast approaching month of Muharram.
The Contingency Plan for Muharram 2013 must necessarily incorporate details of crime hit localities, particularly slum areas, suburbs, commercial areas – detail surveys and assessment of these, sensitive areas and routes.
The Sindh Police Chief also sought details about security cover to be provided to important personalities and incorporation of the same in the contingency plan.
Asking the officials to provide him the copy of contingency plan for the forthcoming holy month, without any unnecessary delay, the police chief said suggestions and recommendation of religious scholars pertaining to different sects and schools of thought must also be included in it.
Reiterating that foremost is the security of imam-bargahs and mosques he said coordination must be developed with caretakers of these centres at each and every level.
Moreover, all provocative wall chalking and graffiti must be immediately erased with due provision that these may not re-appear in any part of the province.
“Absolute ban on sale of recorded speeches and distribution of pamphlets or banners that may instigate religious disharmony must be ensured through strict vigil on activity of shopkeepers, suppliers, hawkers and road side stalls,” ordered the IG Sindh.
IG Shahid Nadeem Baloch said all religious scholars, speakers (zakireen) organizers of majalis and processions must be provided with contact numbers of DIGs, SHOs of their relevant areas alongwith that of police control rooms so as to ensure prompt response to their concerns and complaints.
He also ordered strict police vigil of all inter-city bus terminuses, railway stations and truck stands as well as each and every entry-exit points of each city and town coupled with picketing, raking and patrolling so as to keep criminals at bay.
Duly attested stickers must be issued to the vehicles of the mourners, he said reiterating that security must be ensured for participants of a total of 750 processions to be taken out on the occasion, both large and small sized.
Walk through gates must be installed alongwith optimum screening of scouts and volunteers expected to accompany the mourners, said the Sindh Police chief.