KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Qaim Ali Shah directed on Thursday to increase security of all educational institutions in the province and activate rapid response force.
According to the details, he was presiding over a meeting in Karachi on Thursday during which overall law and order situation, ongoing targeted operation and security arrangements for educational institutions were discussed.
The Chief Minister directed to construct watch towers and install CCTV cameras in school for security that will be connected to Command and Control Centres. He said that army and rangers both will manage the security of the educational institutes of Sindh.
The meeting also decided patrolling through Motor-Cycle Squad and police mobiles will also be increased around educational institutions.
At least eighty percent schools in Sindh’s capital lack proper security arrangements despite directives of Education Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Dunya News reported Thursday.
Total of number of government and private schools in Sindh’s metropolis is around 20,000. Only twenty percent of the schools reportedly have security personnel deployed in them.
The rest of the eighty percent schools’ inadequate security poses threat to lives of the children and others.
Sindh government had chalked out a security plan for schools after Army Public School (APS) attack in December 2014. However, the government has not acted upon its decisions.
In government schools, let alone police personnel there are no wall boundaries. Several government schools lack gates.
The locals have demanded the government to get its actions right and take steps needed.
On the other hand, army and navy-run schools in Karachi were closed on Wednesday until February 2. Meanwhile walk-through gates have been installed on all the entrance gates of Karachi University.
After Bacha Khan University attack on January 20 that claimed 21 lives, provincial governments and the federation have once again opened eyes to the threats that loom over students’ lives.
Several sections have denounced government’s efforts to implement National Action Plan (NAP) which was formed after Peshawar APS attack that claimed more than 130 students’ lives.
A targeted operation in Karachi against militants and criminals was launched in September 2013. The operation has contained the crime rate in the city however, insurgencies in different parts of the country pose a major threat.
Two days before the operation was formally launched, Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Qaim Ali Shah, Governor Ishratul Ibad among other leaders had favoured the action during meeting of the federal cabinet chaired by Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif.
However, the Sindh government has taken few steps in the recent past to devoid Rangers of the special policing powers.