KARACHI - The police will remain on high alert during the process of general elections 2013, a spokesman of the Sindh Police said in a statement here on Thursday.

Addressing the police officers at the Salim Wahidi Auditorium in Clifton here, Sindh Inspector General of Police Shahid Nadeem Baloch said ‘surgical raids’ would be carried out in the identified areas and detailed report would be submitted.

Fixed barriers/impediments on various thoroughfares and areas in the city should be removed. In the areas where there are guards to operate the ‘barriers’ the procedures will have to be evolved in consultation with the people.

The IGP called for taking the people in to confidence for the removal of barriers. Measures be taken for checking crimes in the areas where barriers are removed, he added.

He said that there should be action without any discrimination in the areas affected by crimes and criminal elements. The IGP also called for ‘flag marches’ for instilling sense of security among the people.

Regarding elections, it was stated that the Station House Officers would ensure the visit to the identified polling stations.

The strategy and the measures should be coordinated and effective for foolproof security addressing also the apprehensions regarding the security during the election.

In addition to deployment of police personnel and picketing on the entrance and exits of all the districts, effective communication system should also be ensured. The Additional Inspector General of Police (AIGP), Karachi, Ghulam Shabbir Shaikh, Zonal DIGs and SDPOs Karachi were also present on the occasion, the police statement added.

ALVI TAKES NOTICE OF KILLING OF MQM CANDIDATE: Sindh Caretaker Chief Minister Justice (r) Zahid Qurban Alvi has taken serious notice of the killing of MQM candidate for PS-47 Hyderabad Fakhurul Islam, who was killed by unidentified gunmen near Hala Naka Hyderabad this afternoon.

Condemning the incident strongly, he sought report of this heinous incident from Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police Hyderabad on immediate basis.

He directed the law-enforcement agencies to take stringent action to arrest the culprits involved in this unfortunate incident and take comprehensive steps to curb the targeted killings.

Alvi while expressing profound grief on the murder of Fakhurul Islam has condoled with the bereaved family and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest his soul in eternal peace.

Meanwhile, a six member delegation of Karachi Council on Foreign Relations (KCFR) called on the caretaker chief minister at the CM House on Thursday.

The delegation discussed political scenario in Sindh, forthcoming general elections and various maters of mutual interest. Talking to the delegation, he said that present interim provincial government was taking all out efforts to ensure free, fair and non-partisan general elections. “For this purpose election commission would also be extended whatever support or assistance they need from the provincial government” he added.

KCFR delegation was led by its founding member and Ex-Governor Sindh Lt Gen (r) Moinuddin Hyder while KCFR members Ahsan Mukhtiar Zubair, Qazi Asad Abid, Zahid Hussain and Javed Ashraf Hussain were also present.

KCFF delegation head invited the Caretaker Chief Minister Sindh to attend council’s 10th anniversary celebrations. He also presented council’s honourary shield to Justice (r) Zahid Qurban Alvi.