3,500 Boy Scouts deployed on Muharram duties in Karachi

KARACHI: Around 3,500 boy scouts aged between 11 years to 25 years have been deployed across Karachi to assist police and rangers for security of mourners in particular and public in general from Muharram one to Muharram 10.

These boy scouts, belonging to 81 different established groups of the metropolis, including Bu- Turab, Pak Christian Association, Al Arabi, Asna e Ashri, Barkati, Pak Hyderi, Burhani and so-forth are actively engaged to also help city administration in traffic management and second level body search of people entering into Imam Bargahs to attend majalis.

Assistant Provincial Commissioner, Hussain Mirza and District Scout Commissioner, Moin Azhar Siddiqui are personally monitoring and supervising these boys scouts, in coordination with administrators of different Imam Bargahs and law enforcers in the city on daily basis.

Meanwhile the Sindh Boys Scouts Association’s Karachi chapter this year has also arranged for five, well equipped, mobile units, manned by qualified doctors and para-medics, at different sites of procession route, on Muharran nine and Muharram 10 respectively,

Secretary, Sindh Boy Scouts Association, Akhter Mir told APP Thursday that till previous years two such mobile units were operational and helped to provide prompt medical assistance to the mourners engaged in mutuum, of varied categories.

These units, he said also hold provision for a small operation theater.

In reply to a question, he said 300 boys scouts in Hyderabad, 1000 in Khairpur, 500 in Larkana, 100 each in Jacobabad and Shikarpur are also realizing the essential responsibilities, as in Karachi, under the umbrella of Sindh Boys Scouts Association.

“Sindh Governor, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad Khan has also directed the boy scouts to also keep strict vigil on their surroundings and ensure that any suspicious activity or object is not overlooked and is immediately reported by them to the LEAs,” said Mir in reply to a