KARACHI: A special desk would be established in Governor House to tackle the issues of school children’s security in the city, said Mumtaz Hussain Jakhrani on Tuesday during a media briefing at his office.
“All the schools from Karachi to Kashmore have been directed to take steps to beef up their security. Private guards should be hired as government did not have much police force to place on each and every corner and schools should check bio-data of school van drivers as well, Home Department of Sindh and Citizen Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) can also verify information. Government would help in getting arm licenses for the guards,” he said.
Secretary Transport and Mass Transit Department Tuaha Ahmed Farooqui, senior officers of police and traffic police and representatives of schools’ associations and the government were also present on the occasion.
Jakhrani said the security system in the city, where over 4500 schools exist, was not satisfactory. Though, schools of posh areas had better security, however there were schools in the city which even did not have high boundary walls or walls at all. Therefore, keeping in view the Peshawar incident of terrorism, the Sindh government had made strategy for the security of schools with the consultation of law enforcement agencies and schools’ associations.
He said bus terminals, stands or traffic congestion in front of schools should be removed.
“We would try that all the security arrangements are fulfilled before opening of schools on 12th January,” he said.
He also asked van drivers to cooperate with parents regarding charging of fares according to recent cut.
Replying a query, representative of schools’ association said no additional amount would be charged by schools for security.
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