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May 7, 2013

Karachi under serious threat of terrorist strike

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May 7, 2013

KARACHI: The province of Sindh, particularly the provincial capital Karachi, faces the threat of terrorist attacks to sabotage the election process, a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Justice (retd) Zahid Kurban Alavi at the Chief Minister’s House was told on Monday.
Federal Interior Minister Malk Habib also attended the meeting, which was briefed by DG Rangers, IGP Sindh and representatives of intelligence agencies. The meeting decided to declare a high alert in the province, particularly in Karachi. All the security forces were directed to enhance patrolling round-the-clock while the authorities of emergency response centres, hospitals, fire brigades, civil defence and ambulance services were also asked to be ready to meet any untoward situation.
Sources said that the intelligence agencies have some reports about a major terrorist attack in the metropolis and the defense and ambulance services also asked to be ready for any emergency.
Sources said the intelligence agencies have reports about a major terrorist attack in Karachi and the leadership of the PPP and its ally’s political parties as well as their offices is also under serious threat of terrorist attack.
The authorities, sources said, will also discuss the security contingency plan in Corps Headquarter on Tuesday with the Corps Commander Karachi Lt Gen Ijaz Chaudhry.According to officials, the Sindh government declared the high alert in the province particularly in Karachi and decided to deploy more than 4000 army solders in Karachi for security duty in addition of Rangers and police.
It was also decided to declare emergency at all hospitals and all ambulance services and fir brigades were directed to be alert 24 hours while the Civil Defence and other agencies were also directed to be alert.
The meeting discussed and approved a contingency security plan to meet these challenges.It was also decided to set up monitoring cells in the Chief Ministers House, home department

and local bodies department.
The DG Rangers informed the meeting that the operation cleanup is still going to curb terrorists while Rangers started flag march in city. The Army has been deployed at sensitive points while a speedy response center is also set up where the Army would be ready to rush the spot in any case of emergency.It was informed that five guards have been provided to each candidate for their security while the intelligence network is also strengthening in the city for information.