Sindh’s chief minister reviewed the security arrangements on Wednesday for the upcoming visit of Prince Karim Aga Khan and said he was coming to Karachi after 17 years, so he must be received in such a befitting manner that he visited the city at least once a year.
Syed Murad Ali Shah said this while chairing a meeting at the CM House. The meeting was attended by Minister Home Sohail Anwar Siyal, Minister Local Government Jam Khan Shoro, Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, IGP AD Khowaja, Karachi Additional IG Mushtaq Maher, Karachi Commissioner Aijaz Khan, the Rangers deputy director general, KW&SB Managing Hashim Raza, KMC Municipal Commissioner Dr Asghar Shaikh, the Sindh Solid Waste Management’s managing director, Karachi Package Programme Manager Khalid Masroor, Faisal Jahangir of Karachi Electric, Aga Khan community representative Amin Lakhani and Jamatkhanas Security Officer Col Noor.
Addressing all the participants, the chief minister said that the purpose of inviting all of them was to remind them about their duties. “I want proper cleanliness in the city, particularly the areas where His Highness would visit, an uninterrupted power supply, proper security arrangements, traffic arrangements and removal of unauthorised establishments such as patharas, enroachmennts under flyovers, etc,” he said.
The Rangers and police chiefs briefed the chief minister about their security plan to escort Prince Karim Aga Khan and keep vigilance before and after his visits. The officers from civic agencies also assured the chief minister that they would ensure a proper water supply, removal of debris, filth and garbage from the areas, cleanliness of drains and repair of roads leading to the jamaatkhanas.
The chief minister visited the Ismaili jamaatKhana located on Khayaban-e-Rumi in Clifton’s Block 7 near Bath Island and discussed security and other matters with the management.
“Garden area is thickly populated; therefore, deploy efficient traffic cops here,” he said and also directed the authorities to remove vehicles parked outside the showrooms there. “This is a serious issue and I have been giving directives time and again but they are implemented for a shortest period and this is unacceptable.”
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