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Published: August 9, 2010
Police, security officials say no satellite-imaging system in place to monitor criminals

Police, security officials say no satellite-imaging system in place to monitor criminals

KARACHI: One thought that scenes from the Bourne series might be re-enacted in Karachi as Interior Minister Rehman Malik announced that the government had hired satellite-imaging experts to hunt down those responsible for target killings.

But Malik’s statement surprised many police and security officials as they were not sure whether such a satellite-imaging system exists or not.

Talking to the media at the CM House on Saturday, the interior minister had stated that experts through latest technology would identity the routes and locations of firing incidents and this would help the government monitor the movement of terrorists and other criminals. Upon identification, they could easily be arrested and if necessary, their hideouts could be demolished, he maintained.

Security officials told The Express Tribune that there was no such system available as yet.

Special Sindh home secretary Kamran Dost said, “I am not aware about such a system and I don’t think we have one.”

Maybe the government will install such a system in the future, but no one has consulted us yet, he claimed. However, he stressed on the need for a satellite-imaging system, which would be efficacious in controlling the volatile situation in the city.

“But we should assess whether we have the resources for it or not,” he said, suggesting that the government should consult the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC), which is directly involved in dealing with satellite images.

However, CPLC chief Ahmed Chinoy was also oblivious of such a satellite network. “This system works in different developed countries but I am not sure whether this exists in Pakistan,” he said. “I think intelligence agencies might have this kind of system, but I don’t think Karachi’s police have one.”

A senior police official, requesting anonymity, said, “I fail to understand how the government hired these satellite-imaging experts when there is no such system in place.”

Such a satellite-imaging system records the sounds of any bomb blast or firing and immediately captures images of incidents, he explained. “But I assure you that neither such a network exists nor will the government make any effort to get the technology,” he claimed. Some private companies also offer commercial satellite systems, but these are totally different from the systems mentioned by the interior minister.

Meanwhile, DIG headquarters Ghulam Nabi Memon said, “I don’t have any idea about it and only the interior minister can tell you who deals with this system.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 9th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Aug 9, 2010 - 12:43AM

    Let us wait and see when government is going to install the satellite system in Karachi.

    Every peaceful citizen wants to see that peace should prevail in the City at any cost.

    May be Mr. Malik has some idea in his mind. Let him implement the same and people will come to know about it in due course of time.Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Aug 9, 2010 - 1:13AM

    According to my information, the UN is using this technology in Pakistan for the last many years.Recommend

  • Zafar
    Aug 9, 2010 - 2:30AM

    Such a capability requires real time monitoring satellites that are only available to super powers. Mr. Malik’s claim for this system only speaks of his ignorance of the technology and nothing more. Soon he will have to submit an apology for what he has claimed.Recommend

  • Usama Qazi
    Aug 9, 2010 - 11:46AM

    “Jhoot”. Rehman Malikh always makes wrong statements. If police and law enforcers who are supposed to monitor the system are not aware than how one can trust on it. “I personaly can not believe on Malik’s statement. i still recall his statement he issued after plan crash in Islamabat that a few injured have been shifted to hospital.” Recommend

  • Shakeel
    Aug 9, 2010 - 12:59PM

    If it is true then this will be our second biggest achievemnet after Atomic explosions…!!!
    That is the best way to describe this claim……….Recommend

  • Amna Zaman
    Aug 9, 2010 - 1:28PM

    Our leaders must condole the men who gave their families in the war on terror. It is important we defeat the militants and wipe out extremism from the country.Recommend

  • imran
    Aug 9, 2010 - 2:03PM

    mr Malik should first try to make use of the police and rangers effectively…after all even if he locate criminals fm his star war gadgets he has to use the law enforcement agencies to do the job….when will we stop fooling ourselves…Recommend

  • Aug 10, 2010 - 12:29AM

    Can Rehman Malik’s Satellite identify them ?


  • Monir Ahmed
    Aug 10, 2010 - 11:21AM

    Since they are following reconciliation policy, how they will attack on the houses of political activists involved in target killings.

    The coalition partners will never ever tolerate this and government has to lay down its arms. I think this is merely political statement as mentioned in the story. Recommend

  • fahim raza
    Aug 11, 2010 - 1:34PM

    we are looking forward to seeking another statement of mr. malik (a tiger) who knows how to deal with words

    Malik Bhai Zindabad and president zardari paendabadRecommend

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