Sindh govt announces December 27 as public holiday to mark Benazir’s death anniversary


LARKANA: The Sindh government on Monday announced that December 27 would be a public holiday throughout the province to commemorate the 11th death anniversary of slain Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairperson Benazir Bhutto.

According to a notification released by the provincial government, all offices, autonomous, semi-autonomous bodies, corporations and local councils under the provincial governments, administrative control would be given the day off, however, essential services would continue to function.

Moreover, as many as 7,000 policemen will provide foolproof for the slain PPP leader’s death anniversary at her final resting place in Garhi Khuda Bux.

Giving details about the security plan, Larkana Range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Javed Akbar Riaz on Monday said that 28 SSPs, 76 ASPs and DSPs, 92 inspectors, 290 sub-inspectors, 465 ASIs, 520 head constables and 5,429 constables would be deployed on the occasion.

Security personnel from the Special Branch, RRF Commandos, SSU Commandos and Rangers will also be performing their duties on the occasion.

The DIG said that the mausoleum’s entry points would be monitored through CCTV cameras and walk-through gates would also be installed.

He said that the mausoleum would be cleared with the help of a bomb disposal squad whereas, special control rooms would be established at Garhi Khuda Bux and SSP-DIGP offices would monitor the situation the entire day.

DIG Javed Akbar assured that the law and order situation would be maintained at all costs during the event.