KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has decided to establish a well-equipped public library in the anti-terrorism court building in Clifton which is being shifted to Central Jail Karachi.
The Sindh government is constructing 10 ATC Courts at Central Jail Karachi and work is almost on the final stage.
CM Sindh directed Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal and Minister for Prisons Ziaul Hassan Lanjar to expedite the remaining work. “I want the court to be ready for shifting by September 16 and from September 18 shifting must be started,” he said.
The chief minister said that he has decided to establish a well-equipped public library with additional digital facilities on the site of special courts.
“The students, boys and girls, senior citizens and other people would have enough reading facility to refresh them with reading material of their choice,” he said and added that there would also be coffee house for visitors of the library.
The chief minister was informed that air-conditioners and CCTV cameras are yet to be fixed in the new special courts being constructed at Central Jail. CM Sindh directed Home Secretary to get them fixed within four days and report to him.
The chief minister directed the chief secretary to prepare a scheme for establishment of the library at the site of the special courts.
“I would finance special funds for the purpose and want to give a gift of a beautiful library at seaside to the people of this city,” he said.
There are presently six special courts operating at Clifton which causes serious security issues when suspects of terrorism cases are sent there. The police department deploys 700 policemen at different spots for their security.
Therefore, keeping in view the gravity of the situation the government had decided to construct a special court building at Central Jail along with the residences of judges and concerned staff members.
The construction of the court building was undertaken by the Frontier Work Organisation (FWO). CM Sindh has decided to start the shifting of special courts from Clifton to Central Jail from September 18.