KARACHI: Arms licenses for security of schools in the province would be processed in one week after receiving requests for the purpose from schools, said Sindh Secretary Home Dr. Niaz Ali Abbasi while briefing the journalists at his office here on Tuesday.
He said that managements of public and private schools have been asked for preparing their security plan to submit to the home department within three to four days before January 12, 2015.
He said that every school in the province is being advised to be in touch with the Home Department for getting arms licenses so as to avoid any untoward situation.
Sindh government along with federal government is seriously working against terrorism, he added.
Dr. Niaz said that the federal government have devised a National Action Plan (NAP) to curb terrorists. Following it the Sindh government has also made Provincial Action Plan (PAP) which covers every aspect.
Sindh Chief Minister has called a high level meeting on January 8 which will be attended by Corps Commander Karachi, DG Rangers and other high level officials to review about how to round up notorious terrorists. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff are expected to join the meeting, he added.
He said that the government alone could not fight against the menace of terrorism; civil society and public have to stand shoulder to shoulder with the government.
He said that merely police could not provide security to every school adding that schools will have to hire security guards or get services from volunteers for security.
Students must be prepared through drills against any untoward incident, he emphasized.
Schools should install CCTVs, erect fences and barricades to protect students and staff in good manner, he further said.
Dr. Niaz said that schools have also been asked to submit details about enrolled students and staff at their concerned police station.
If a school is using many entrances and exits it should minimize these gates, preferably, turning them into one.
Answering a question regarding threats to schools he said, “Bigger name is bigger threat” and “Police patrolling will be provided to schools facing imminent threats.”