Karachi: The Sindh Police and National Radio & Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly install a network of 10,000 closed-circuit television cameras for proper electronic surveillance of Karachi.
The 10,000 surveillance cameras will be installed under the Sindh Safe City project. The MoU was signed by Director General of Sindh Safe Cities’ Authority Imran Yaqboon Minhas and Managing-Director of NRTC Brig Tofique Ahmed.
The signing ceremony was held at the Chief Minister House and was witnessed by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Commander Corps-5 Lt General Humyaun Aziz, and other senior officials.
These surveillance cameras will be installed at different spots of Karachi including where important and sensitive installations are present and also in the areas where crime-level is high.
The Central Police Office in Karachi already has a command and control centre doing electronic surveillance of the city through a network of over 35,000 surveillance cameras.
Earlier in October this year, the Sindh CM, while chairing a meeting to finalise the plan to install 10,000 cameras, had noted that the law and order situation of Karachi had improved during last six years as earlier Karachi’s standing on the World Crime Index was six in 2014 as now the city was ranked 103.
The CM had said that the city could be made safer by implementing the Safe City project and with the use of technology.
While addressing the MoU signing ceremony, the CM said that Karachi in the past had witnessed incidents of terrorism but Sindh Police, Pakistan Army, and Sindh Rangers, had collectively strived to restore law and order situation in the city.
The CM, earlier in the day, also went to Larkana to attend a programme at Police Training Centre there to give job offer letters to newly recruited assistant sub-inspectors of Police.
Speaking on the occasion, the CM asked the Inspector General of Police to provide provincial police force with latest equipment and gadgets and impart them up-to-date training to combat both terrorists and robbers.
He noted that the Sindh Police had the honour of being the most ancient police force in South Asia as its conduct should be exemplary with provision of necessary gadgets and professional training to its personnel.
He said the personnel of Sindh Police had rendered innumerable sacrifices for restoring law and order in Karachi.
He said Karachi in the present day was a peaceful city where business, cultural, and educational activities had been flourishing as credit for this goes to Sindh Police that with other law-enforcement agencies had effectively tacked the issue of lawlessness.