Commissioner orders beefing up security around churches

 Commissioner orders beefing up security around churches


KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi, Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui on Wednesday directed all deputy commissioners to beef up security arrangements around churches in the city on the eve of Christmas.
Chairing a meeting with members of Catholic Coordination Committee, he said foolproof security would also be ensured for the members of the Christian community so that unscrupulous elements may not take advantage of any possible loophole, particularly on eve of Christmas.
“Three important occasions, including Chehulum, Christmas and birth anniversary of Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah are consecutively falling on Dec 24 and 25 and we need to be extremely alert at every level,” said Commissioner Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui.
He directed the DCs and assistant commissioners to ensure close coordination, in their respective sub-divisions, with the officials of police, Rangers, civic facilities and KESC.   
The meeting was attended by SSP-South, Nasir Aftab, Senior Director Municipal Services, Masood Alam, representative of KESC administration alongwith Additional Commissioner - Karachi, Aslam Khoso, Deputy Commissioner - South, Mustafa Jamal Kazi, Deputy Commissioner, Korangi Zubair Ahmad Channa, Deputy Commissioner - Malir, Jan Mohammad.
He directed municipal services director to ensure cleanliness and adequate sanitation arrangement, on top priority as well as on immediate basis, around the churches and the residential localities inhabited by the Christian community.
“They must not face any inconvenience during the festival,” said the commissioner.
“The KESC official was urged to ensure uninterrupted power supply to all churches and community centres of Catholic and Protestant citizens during the festival,” he said.
The Catholic Coordination Committee comprising its Chairman, SR Saleh Digo, Secretary Salim Michael (Advocate) and members Anthony D’Silva, Pervez Gill and Alexander D’Souza on the occasion thanked the commissioner for taking interest in getting solved the problems faced by the Christian community of Karachi.
They said that since the setting up of the Catholic Coordination Committee at the Karachi commissioner office, problems of the community are being addressed with required sincerity of purpose.
Shoaib said it was in accordance to the government policy that the committee was constituted to help generate sense of participation among the minority communities.
He said government was absolutely committed to protect the rights of all minority communities and also to ensure their presence in the mainstream.
“We at every level are fully conscious of the contribution made by minorities towards development of the country,” he said.

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