KARACHI: In the aftermath of the attack on Dera Ismail Khan Jail, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah visited the Karachi Central Jail on Thursday night to set the jail on high alert.
The information minister, Sharjeel Memon, accompanied him during the visit, where he discussed security matters, taking notice of security measures needed. In the light of keeping security at high alert, Shah called for patrolling of police officers around the prisons.
He directed the officials to stay vigilant all the time during their on-guard duties. He further ordered for foolproof measures to avert any untoward attack on the jail.
The superintendent at the Karachi Central Jail, Kazi Nazeer Ahmed, told The Express Tribune that the chief minister expressed his satisfaction over the steps taken and stated that after the attack by 150 militants on the DI Khan Jail, which led to the escape of over 250 imprisoned terrorists, the Karachi jail has been set on high alert.
“We have increased the number of Rangers, Frontier Corps and police officers deployed in the jails," he said, adding, “We have set up several check posts outside the premises, and cameras on new locations to monitor every visitor coming inside.”
The Karachi Central Jail houses over 100 militants and dangerous criminals, out of 3,500 inmates there. A grenade attack inside the jail last month resulted in injuries of two police officers.
In the past, the jail had received threats by extremists groups of an attack in a bid to set free their cohorts after which high profile prisoners were shifted to other prisons in Sindh.
When the superintendent was asked if any prisoner would be sent away this time, Ahmed replied that no prisoner was being transferred to any jail.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2013.