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Karachi Secure Metropolis mission: seven years late and counting

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KARACHI: The Secure Metropolis mission in Karachi, which promised the set up of 10,000 CCTV cameras, has been delayed for seven years regardless of a Supreme Court docket order to launch it in 2016.

The three way partnership between the Sindh authorities and the Nationwide Radio Telecommunication Company (NRTC) has been tormented by a number of setbacks, leading to a staggering 300 p.c improve within the estimated price of the mission.

Initially budgeted at Rs10 billion in 2011, when it was authorized, the price of the mission has now risen to Rs40 billion. The mission was set to incorporate the set up of CCTV cameras, the institution of command and management centres, the introduction of face and car recognition software program, and a biometric system to determine culprits.

Road crime in Pakistan’s largest metropolis has reached alarming ranges in recent times, leaving residents feeling unsafe and susceptible. Incidents of mugging, theft, and violent crime have risen sharply, with police struggling to maintain up with the rising variety of experiences.

The state of affairs has turn into so dire that many residents have taken to carrying firearms for their very own safety. The shortage of surveillance within the metropolis is seen as a serious contributing issue to the rise in road crime.

Even so, regardless of plans to observe the streets, the mission has been delayed for over seven years, and is but to be launched.

In April 2021, following stress from the federal authorities of Imran Khan, the province had authorized Rs30 billion to launch the mission. In Might of final yr, Syed Murad Ali Shah, the chief minister, ordered his administration to an in depth plan for the mission and invite bids for its bodily launch throughout the subsequent 4 months.

Nevertheless, regardless of his order, the plan is but to take off. The delay is because of a number of causes together with rising prices, lack of coordination and political wrangling.

The necessity for surveillance in Karachi is now extra pressing than ever. CCTV cameras not solely act as a deterrent to crime, however additionally they present important proof that can be utilized to deliver criminals to justice.

As well as, the set up of a command and management centre, such because the one established in Lahore, and the introduction of the face and car recognition software program and biometric techniques would even be a serious step ahead within the battle in opposition to road crime within the metropolis.

The ballooning price and delays from the provincial authorities have raised critical questions concerning the authorities’s efficiency which critics say is nothing wanting a travesty.

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Balochistan rocked by startling 4.3 magnitude earthquake

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QUETTA: Residents within the Lasbela area of Balochistan have been bowled over on Thursday morning as the realm was struck by a robust 4.3 magnitude earthquake. The tremors have been additionally felt in Lasbela and neighbouring areas, inflicting many individuals to evacuate their properties.

In line with the Pakistan Meteorological Division (PMD), the earthquake had a depth of 41 km and its epicentre was situated 56 km northeast of Bela. With a longitude of 66.67 East and a latitude of 26.67 North, the quake occurred at 8:44 am.

Luckily, there have been no rapid stories of casualties.

It’s value noting that this wasn’t the primary seismic disturbance to rock the area just lately. On January 29, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake shook components of Islamabad.

The PMD’s Nationwide Seismic Monitoring Centre recorded a depth of 150 km, with the epicentre in Tajikistan. Nevertheless, the US Geological Survey reported the magnitude as 4.4, with a depth of 32.4 km. The shakes have been described by locals as “very sturdy.”

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Quran khawani held for civil servant

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LAHORE: Quran khawani for the departed soul of retired Capt. Sher Alam Mahsud, former federal secretary for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, was held at Punjab Civil Officers Mess at GOR-1 in Lahore on Saturday.

Mahsud, a BPS-22 officer of the Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS), handed away on January 7.

Chief Secretary Abdullah Sumbal, Punjab Ombudsman retired. Maj Azam Suleman Khan, Extra Chief Secretary (ACS) for Residence retired Capt. Asadullah Khan, ACS (South Punjab) Saqib Zafar, retired Justice Khalil ur-Rehman Ramday, Federal Inside Secretary Yousuf Naseem Khokhar, Federal Finance Secretary Hamid Yaqoob Sheikh, former chief secretaries Naveed Akram Cheema, Khizar Gondal, retired Capt. Zahid Saeed, former civil servant Taimur Azmat Osman, former ECP secretary Babur Yaqoob, former senior member Board of Income (BoR) Babur Hayat Tarar, Justice Rashid, former police chief Shoaib Dastgir, Sargodha Commissioner Maryam Khan, Lahore Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Ali, G.M. Sikander, Col. Malik Zia, retired Gen. Tauqeer, Khawaja Shamail, Farhan Aziz Khawaja, Ahmad Raza Sarwar, Asim Imdad Ali, Saif Anjum, Nabeel Awan, Tariq Najeeb Najmi, Secretary Workplace of the Punjab Ombudsman Syed Tahir Raza Hamdani, Lahore Commissioner Aamir Jan, Sohail Shahzad, Sohail Ashraf, Asif Iqbal Chaudhry, retired Capt. Naseem Nawaz, retired Capt. Javed Akbar, Shafiq Hussain Bukhari, Muzaffar Mahmood, Dr Nasir Jamal Pasha, Rao Tahseen, Ahmad Malik, retired Maj. Tariq Shafi, Dr Aamir, Nadir Chatta, Moazam Shah, federal and provincial secretaries, retired members of the judiciary, armed forces and folks from totally different walks of life appreciated the precious companies of Mahsud and prolonged their condolences to his household.

Maulana Syed Muhammad Abdul Khabir Azad, chairman of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, supplied a particular prayer for the deceased.

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Sharjeel Memon hospitalised with coronary heart assault

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KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Transport, Sharjeel Inam Memon, was rushed to the Nationwide Institute of Cardiovascular Ailments (NICVD) in Hyderabad on Saturday following a sudden coronary heart assault.

In line with hospital administration, the situation of the minister, 48, quickly deteriorated and he was instantly transferred to the coronary care unit (CCU) for additional therapy.

A staff of specialists on the NICVD determined to carry out an angioplasty, a process used to open blocked or narrowed blood vessels within the coronary heart, to deal with the difficulty.

Although the Sindh Info Division has but to touch upon the minister’s situation, sources near the hospital have reported that he’s at the moment in secure situation and is anticipated to make a full restoration.

The sudden coronary heart assault has come as a shock to many, because the minister had not beforehand reported any heart-related points. The information of the minister’s well being emergency has sparked concern amongst his constituents and political supporters, who’re hoping for a speedy restoration.

The reason for the guts assault is but to be decided.

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