Muharram security: 100 CCTV cameras to be installed in Karachi

Published: November 16, 2012

Muharram processions set to take place on 8, 9 and 10 will be monitored with these cameras.

KARACHI: In another attempt at curbing terrorism, 100 more CCTV cameras are going to be installed in more than 25 locations from Teen Hatti Chowk to Kharadar for monitoring Muharram processions, reveals a report from the Daily Express.

The processions set to take place on 8, 9 and 10 of Muharram will be monitored with the new cameras.

Sources said that the home department of Sindh issued these directives to police and funds worth Rs50 million were issued for purchase and installation of these cameras.

The installation is expected to begin within two days.

The areas where the cameras will be installed include Teen Hatti Chowk, Jahangir Road, Gurumandar, Numaish, Soldier Bazaar, Shahrah-e-Quaideen, Imam Bargah Ali Raza, Taj Complex, Sea Breeze, Nasira School Saddar, Electronics Market, Empress Market, Regal Chowk, Tibet Centre, Mama Parsi School, Radio Pakistan, Jama Cloth Market, DOW Medical college, Denso Hall, Lighthouse, Madison Market, Bolton Market, interior areas of Kharadar, Imambargah Hussainia Irania and other sensitive areas.

Sources say camera increase will not only help in better monitoring of the processions but will help identify and avert any potential incidents of terrorism.

The cameras will be linked to and monitored from the central police office-based control room and KMC command and control room.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Nov 16, 2012 - 12:18PM

    And when any incident will take place, the cameras will be found not working.

    What a pity.

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  • Sajid Iqbal
    Nov 16, 2012 - 12:51PM

    I wonder if Karachiites used them as webcams after Muharram. Every year we hear such news of new Cameras installed. Where do the old ones go?

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  • Shayan
    Nov 16, 2012 - 12:57PM

    The mind boggling question is why dont we have CCTV cameras installed all the time especially in areas with high incidences of crime.

    Of course political parties etc that gather funds through extortion and bhatta would be exposed.

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  • Anserali Khan
    Nov 16, 2012 - 1:08PM

    Why did the Government wait till 1st of Muharum to do this.Could this not have been done earlier?

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  • Parvez
    Nov 16, 2012 - 1:13PM

    Would the media do the public a service by giving the name and location of the company supplying these cameras and equipment and how many have already been installed all over Karachi over the last ten years and at what cost …….. and what final benefit to the people.

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  • Zainab jafri
    Nov 16, 2012 - 1:33PM

    will these camera capture the people who plant the bombs ? or these will just capture the blast and aftermath , like ashura bombing during mustufa kamal’s administration ?

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  • Nov 16, 2012 - 1:52PM

    Anywhere else in the world when some festival comes it makes the entire nation happy and celebrate, only in pakistan festivals are a problem and people fear of it.

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  • Sheikh Salman
    Nov 16, 2012 - 3:00PM

    Hahaha what a joke they caught culprits red handed in the violence show on air but no one get punished its a waste of time & money. which is certainly coming from people’s pockets.

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  • Sheikh Salman
    Nov 16, 2012 - 3:01PM

    @Sajid Iqbal:
    To the MNAs, minister’s houses ;-) for their own security

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  • Sheikh Salman
    Nov 16, 2012 - 3:08PM

    @Vishnu Dutta: This is not a festival.. We don’t fear from any of the festivals and no festival is a problem from us… We fear from the problem and issues mention in above comments.

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  • eye
    Nov 16, 2012 - 7:14PM

    @Vinshu Dutta
    its not a ‘festival’. Its a day of expression of loyalty to hussian (as), the grandson of muhammad (pbuh) who was killed on this day along with his family by the forces of the king Yazid, son of muaviah,then ruler of the ‘majority’.

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  • hand to mouth Pakistani
    Nov 16, 2012 - 11:50PM

    We Pakistanis are are not afraid of bigest camera watching us from the heavens. these cameras will not stop us doing anything we are worse on the face of earth stop bikes stop phones stop any thing we will continue .

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  • MK
    Nov 17, 2012 - 4:18AM

    100 CCTV Cameras.. ’bout as many on High St. Ken..

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  • Sumaira Siddiqui
    Dec 1, 2012 - 2:00PM

    More than 150 cameras are installed in Karachi and running , a command and control center is monitoring with the law enforcement agencies and have caught many groups and different people affecting the city. These cameras were not specifically installed for Muharram but they have installed more Camera’s to monitor the muharram procession.

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  • Jan 12, 2013 - 9:32AM

    Security Camera Systems are becoming a vital compontent of personal security. These articles are very informative. Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

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