KARACHI: In a comprehensive plan chalked out by the authorities, nearly 15,000 law enforcement officers including the Rangers, will be deputed to patrol roughly 12,000 Eid congregations in the city.
The authorities have finalised their emergency security plan and claimed that plainclothes officers will be present in 50 sensitive areas. They added that closed-circuit cameras had been installed in areas as well to help monitor the situation. Additional security personnel will also be deployed near five star hotels, government buildings and foreign missions while 5,000 policemen have been ordered to patrol different areas in the city.
In order to deter criminal activity and monitor the situation, there will be no Eid holidays for the law enforcement agents. The plan also specified that SHOs will be responsible for monitoring places of worship. Additional forces will be provided for patrolling Eid congregations if the need arises.
Police pickets have been set up at all entry and exit points of the city and the Bomb Disposal Squad has also been ordered to be prepared and to monitor public places such as parks.
While finalising the plan, IG Sindh Wajid Ali Durrani and additional IG Sindh Saud Mirza told policemen to remain alert during the Eid holiday.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 31st, 2011.