KARACHI - The Rangers have launched a software application aimed at ensuring protection of the educational institutions in the metropolis.

A new mobile application namely “Rangers School College Protection” will work as a response system in the face of a terrorism threat in the schools and colleges in a city while the software will be used via mobile phones which can be downloaded easily on cell phones.

Talking to media at Rangers headquarters, Colonel Qaiser informed that the software application has been installed on at least 15 spots of the metropolis and will serve as immediate response system during a terrorism threat. “So far, 3,000 schools have been registered in this regard and work is in progress to register the remaining educational institutions of the city.” He further said that principals of the schools registered under this application will be able to generate a quick message in case of any threat, adding the institutions will be able to send an SMS during a threat which will appear on the system and automatically on the mobile phones of Rangers commander. The system will have information of all schools and colleges including their maps and contact information of the administration heads, and enable identification of the patrolling units. “The aim of the initiative service is to enable the force to react promptly and provide ample security to the institutions.”

Colonel Qaiser said the control system had been deployed at various locations of the city, adding Karachi has been divided into 60 parts to ensure security where Rangers will be deployed round the clock.

He further explained that the system will later expand to shopping malls, hospitals, media houses and sensitive installations.

 “The application has been specially designed to protect the educational institutions from any potential threat.”

On the occasion, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Maula Baksh Chandio lauded the initiative of launching “Rangers School College Protection” and praised Rangers’ application as a good step. He said the Sindh government had also contributed to development of the new application. Chandio also said that shopping malls and offices would also be registered under the new application. “We are proud of our law enforcement agencies and always appreciate their positive steps for the security of citizens,” Chandio said.

To a question, he clarified that there are no conflicts between the provincial government and Rangers, saying they have complete faith in the country’s forces.

It is worth mentioning here that the Rangers and other security agencies are busy conducting operation in Karachi for the last three years to maintain law and order and purge the metropolis of terrorist elements. The educational institutions of the country have been on alert since the 2014 gruesome attack on Army Public School in Peshawar which had left more than 150 people – most of them children – dead while Bacha Khan University attack had also claimed the lives of several.