KARACHI: Polling is going to start soon in the city amid strict security measures to avert any untoward situation.
Sindh government, in consultation with Election Commission of Pakistan, is going to deploy a force of 35,057 policemen and 7,400 Rangers personnel to provide security to 4,037 polling stations in Karachi, out of which 1,714 have been declared as most sensitive and 1,329 sensitive.
In Karachi there are over 7.49 million registered votes, 23 union councils and 213 union committees, where contests for chairmen and vice chairmen.
12 political parties such as PPP, PML-N, MQM-A, PTI, Sunni Tehrik, JUI-F, Jamat-e-Islami, JUI-P, ANP, PML-F, MQM-H, Qaumi Awami Tahreek and a large number of independent candidates are contesting election.
Inspector General of Police Ghulam Hyder Jamali has said that there are three deployment categories such as static, mobile & motorcycle patrolling and reserve platoons.
He said that deployment of force has been made on the basis of assessment of law & order situation and sensitivity of polling stations as per their history.
“Pakistan Rangers will be assisting police in creating a secure environment,” he added.
He said that static deployment at the polling stations would be as per their scale while all the polling stations would be provided complete security through mobile patrolling.
The patrolling force would be fully equipped with necessary weapons and gadgets.
He further added that the reserve platoons would be alert to deal with any situation.
Replying to a query, the IG said that the total available strength of Karachi range police was 26,957, while additional force of 10,000 personnel would be provided from other ranges, units and training centers.
“Overall the police force deployment would be 35,057,” he said.
The IGP said that Pakistan Army was also deploying 10 companies, each company has a force of 80 personnel.
Similarly, a force of 7,400 Rangers men equipped with weapons and other necessary gadgets. The Rangers would patrol through 88 mobiles and 180 motorcycles.
The Police and Rangers have already started patrolling all over the city.
The entire city would be covered through surveillance cameras already installed in the city and through mobile surveillance systems.