KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah while reviewing the security arrangements for the visit of His Highness Price Kareem Aga Khan has said that he was coming to Karachi after 17 years, therefore he must be received in a manner befitting enough to encourage him to visit at least once in a year.
The security review meeting was attended by Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal, Local Government Minister Jam Khan Shoro, Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, IG police AD Khowaja, Karachi Adl IG Mushtaq Maher, Karachi Commissioner Aijaz Khan, Rangers Deputy DG, MD KW&SB Hashim Raza, Municipal Commissioner KMC Dr Asghar Shaikh, Sindh MD Solid Waste Management, Program Manager Karachi Package Khalid Masroor, Faisal Jahangir of KE, Amin Lakhani, Representative of the Aga Khan Community and Security Officer Jamatkhanas Colonel Noor.
Addressing the participants, the chief minister said that the purpose of inviting all of them was to remind them of their duties. “I want proper cleanliness in the city, uninterrupted power supply, proper security arrangements, traffic arrangement and the removal of unauthorized establishments such as patharas, encroachment under flyovers etc. particularly in the areas where His Highness would visit,” he said.
The IG police and deputy DG rangers briefed the chief minister about their security plan to escort His Highness and keep vigilance before and after his visit. The officers from civic agencies also assured that they would make proper arrangements for water supply, removal of debris, removal of filth and garbage, cleanliness of nalas and the repair of roads leading to jamaatkhanas.
The chief minister personally visited the Ismaili jamaatkhana located on Khayaban-e-Romi at Clifton Block-7, near Bath Island and discussed the security and other matters with the management.
Afterwards, he along with all the participants of the meeting went to Britto Road Garden to visit another Ismaili Jamaatkhana. He directed the IG police to deploy policemen on the roofs of nearby buildings. “Garden area is a densely populated area, therefore, deploy efficient traffic cops here,” he said and also directed him to remove the vehicles parked outside the showroom. “This is a serious issue and I have been giving directives time and again but they are implemented for the shortest period and this is unacceptable,” he said.
The chief minister concluded that he would visit the areas alone to see the implementation of his directives.
The chief minister also directed the IG and Karachi commissioner to make necessary security arrangements for the followers of Prince Aga Kareem who would come from all over Pakistan to Karachi.