KARACHI: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh Allah Dino Khawaja said on Tuesday that a Foreigners Security Cell (FSC) will be established to provide strict security to Chinese nationals visiting Sindh province in connection with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project (CPEC).
IG Sindh issued directives to DIG Headquarters, Sindh. to re-designate a post of AIGP BS-19 for Provincial Foreigners Security Cell (FSC) at Central Police Office to ensure security of the Chinese officials.
Speaking at a meeting held at the CPO Karachi to review security measures for the Chinese nationals, IGP directed officials concerned that 2000 ex-Army personnel being presently recruited would solely be deployed for the security of the Chinese nationals working on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project (CPEC) in the province.
He further directed them to immediately establish Foreigners Security Cells at Range and District level, as well as, ensure their better coordination with the Provincial Foreigners Security Cell established at CPO for strengthening better security of the foreigners in Sindh.
On occasion, the meeting was briefed by Sindh Police focal person on CPEC projects, DIG RRF Dr Ameen Yusufzai that over 3470 Chinese nationals have been working on 118 different projects in the Sindh Province. He told the meeting that police so far have been providing satisfactory security to them in the province as per the existing manpower and resources of the department.
IGP directed DIG Ameen to conduct frequent meetings with the Chinese Consul General in Pakistan and other CPEC’s officials to get complete information about the ongoing projects under the CPEC in the province for ensuring better coordination and providing them foolproof security cover.
IGP further added that Special Branch of Police should also establish its centres at the range and district level so that the coordination could be ensured with FSC centres for better security of foreigners.
He directed officials to accelerate the establishment of Special Protection Unit (SPU) in the province as well.
Khowaja directed DIGs & SSPs at range and districts level to initiate proper training for current contingent of police deployed for the security of Chinese officials.
He also directed Special Branch to ensure monthly Security audit with regard to all ongoing Chinese projects across the province and sought its monthly report by 5th.
The meeting also decided that they would send their recommendations to provincial government to extend the contract period for the new recruitments under SPU, from two to three years.
The meeting was attended by AIG Special Branch, DIG Administration, DIG HQ, DIG RRF, AIGs of Operations, and Admin.