Minister reviews security arrangements for T-20 series in metropolis

KARACHI, PAKISTAN, MAR 26: Sindh Home Minister, Sohail Anwar Siyal presides a high level meeting on Security arrangement for the three-match T20 series between Pakistan and West Indies, at his office in Karachi on Monday, March 26, 2018. (PPI Images).

KARACHI: Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal here on Monday said that international security requirements will be met without any lapse during the cricket matches under T-20 series to be played between Pakistan and West Indies at National Stadium from April 1-3.

Chairing a meeting to review the security arrangements for the major sports event, he directed the security committee members to ensure that standard operating procedures (SOP) adopted for the purpose be implemented in letter and spirit.

Taking into account the details of elaborate arrangements underway for the event, the minister reiterated that security at every level will be foolproof. “Security measures have to be solid and extraordinary,” Siyal told the officials concerned.

“Traffic flow at all major routes ought to be smooth and for the purpose, Karachi traffic police must come forward urgently with an efficient plan, providing commuters with alternative routes during the three-day event,” he emphasised.

Urging the officials concerned to duly publicise the alternative traffic plan and prevent any unnecessary inconvenience to the citizens, the Siyal said that the police force should also be deployed in adequate numbers to help commuters get necessary guidance.

“Random snap-checking, patrolling and surveillance must be initiated on an urgent basis prior to the event to supplement the security measures being adopted,” said the provincial home minister.

The meeting among others was also attended by Sindh Home Secretary Kazi Shahid Pervez, Karachi Commissioner Ejaz Ahmad Khan, Karachi AIG Mushtaq Ahmad Mahar, Sindh Rangers Sector Commander Brigadier Shahid and DIG (Traffic) Imran Yaqoob Minhas and others.