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Sindh govt approves installation of CCTV cameras at 4154 sensitive polling stations

KARACHI: Sindh cabinet on Friday decided to install surveillance cameras at highly sensitive polling stations to record polling proceedings of General Elections 2018.

“The main task of the caretaker government is to pave way for free, fair and transparent election by providing all the basic facilities and maintain law and order. We have to maintain public order, pre-empt terrorist threats and implement code of conduct,” said Sindh Chief Minister Fazul-ur_Rehman while chairing a meeting here at New Sindh Secretariat.

All the caretaker provincial ministers, Sindh Chief Secretary Major (retd) Azam Suleman, IG Police Sindh Amjad Javed Saleemi and concerned provincial secretaries were also present on this occasion.

Fazul-ur-Rehman said that the caretaker government had to ensure pre-poll s and polling day security measures and security of polling staff and material as well.

Briefing the cabinet, the chief secy said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) through divisional and district administration had identified 4,154 high sensitive polling stations in Sindh which included 1977 in Karachi, 1206 in Hyderabad, 176 in Mirpurkhas, 124 in Shaheed Benazirabad, 289 in Sukkur and 382 in Larkana.

He said that there would be around 17606 polling stations, of them 4350 were the most sensitive, 7999 sensitive and 5257 normal.

The cabinet discussed the security arrangements of all the polling stations and decided to install surveillance cameras along with the arrangement of generators at all the polling station. The cabinet directed the finance department to release Rs600 million for installation of cameras and the generators.

Giving presentation to the cabinet, the IG police said that general law and order situation in the province was satisfactory, however, law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies were constantly conveying threats.

He said that the polarized environment due to the general election may also cause law and order situation, including clashes between political groups. On this the chief minister said that nobody would be allowed to take law in his hands.

Lauding targetted Karachi operation, the IG said the terrorism was on the peak in 2013 when 51 terrorism incident took place and now in 2018 it had come to zero.

“Similarly, target killing which was also at its peak in 2013 when 509 incidents had taken has come down to only two cases in 2018. Kidnapping for ransom was recoded at 109 in 2010 has come down to eight in 2018,” he informed.

He said that there was potential threat of terrorism during election but all the law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies were working on close coordination to thwart all kind of threats.

Amjad Saleemi said that eight policemen would be deployed at most sensitive polling station, four at sensitive and two at normal polling station.

Under the security plan, the IG said, 106,982 policemen, including 16000 reserves would be deployed at all the polling station.

He said that a force of 76,310 policemen would be deployed at polling stations and 14,672 would be on patrolling.

Sindh Home Secretary Mohammad Haroon, briefing the cabinet about salient features of security protocol for political leaders, said it includes no hate speech, no hoisting of flags or banners on public property/buildings/poles; no wall chalking on public property will be allowed.

“The political parties would have to obtain NOC for large public gatherings and rallies, corner meetings and small gathering from the concerned deputy commissioners and SSPs,” he said adding that route of public rallies of political parties would be determined in consultation with concerned DCS and SSPs at least three days earlier than the schedule.

It was pointed out that the security of the political parties and candidates would be their own responsibility, however Sindh police would be responsible for overall security of locality, area, venue and persons/public gathering at large. The political leaders may, however, deploy private security guards in uniform and with licensed arms for their personal security subject.

The organizers of political events have been urged to record the proceedings of the event and provide recording to the local police.

The Home Secretary meeting was told that Election Law & Order cell was being established in Home Department for close coordination among LEAs, IGP office and field officers to monitor the election. Control Rooms at provincial, divisional and district levels would be established three days ahead of elections to monitor the law and order.

The cabinet on the recommendation of the Chief Justice of Sindh High Court approved the appointment of Advocate Mohammad Hanif as Judge ATC Court No.IV Karachi, Muzafar Hussain as judge ATC NO.XI Karachi and Mohammad Khan Buriro as judge of ATC No. X Karachi. The cabinet on the recommendation of Chief Justice of High Court of Sindh also appointed Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto as Incharge Administrative Judge ATCs, Karachi Division for the portion of Summer vacation from 2.7.2018 to 4.8.2018.

MD Water Board Khalid Shaikh briefed the cabinet about regularization of sub-soil water supply to industries in Karachi. The regulations shall be in force for a period of three years and extendable for further terms subject to availability of sub soil water. All licenses would be granted by MD KWSB on prescribed form upon written request of Presidents/Chairman of concerned Estate Associates along with the NOC by the MD also approved the regularization policy of sub-soil water supply to industries.

The MD said that the tubewell must be situated at the maximum distance from KWSB lines. The licensee shall pay in advance Rs90,000 per bore hole as one time security deposit which would be forfeited in case of non-payment of water charges. A non-refundable license fee shall be charged from the permit holder at the rate Rs100,000 per bore hole before commencement of the supply.

The cabinet also approved collection of royalty under Sindh Mining Concession Rules 2002.

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