KARACHI - Inspector General of Police Sindh, Ghulam Haider Jamali on Thursday said required measures have been adopted to execute in a most comprehensive manner the extra-ordinary security arrangements made by the department on the eve of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed’s death anniversary on Saturday.

In his directives issued to the department, to double check the strategy and diligent execution, the IGP-Sindh has asked concerned officers to keep strict vigil on the flow of people coming to Garhi Khuda Baksh and also those leaving the place.

Moreover, foolproof screening at all entry and exit points on inter-provincial borders, he said has already been initiated to nab suspected elements.

This must be complimented with increased snap checking and patrolling on all relevant highways along with link and side roads, the Sindh police chief said in his directives.

 IGP Sindh said all highways’ check-posts must be necessarily manned by competent cops. As for Garhi Khuda Baksh, where the mausoleum of BB Shaheed and Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto are located, the police chief said parking of vehicles must be done with provision for due in-between space with frequent technical sweeping and proper clearance.

Deployment of cops must be ensured as per plan with active involvement of supervising officers belonging to relevant police stations so as to avert entry of suspected vehicles, he said.

IG Ghulam Haider Jamali said asked his officers to further strengthen the intelligence sharing measures and also to make these all the more coordinated, concentrated and forceful.

 “For the purpose cops in plain, civilian clothes must be deputed at Garhi Khuda Baksh with immediate effect,” he added.

Meanwhile, Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui on Thursday extensively reviewed the five day special immunisation campaign, initiated on December 20, in 11 high-risk Union Councils (UCs) of Karachi. The exercise undertaken by Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI-Sindh) in coordination with provincial health department and Karachi administration was focussed on covering all under-five children belonging to 11 high-risk UCs of five different districts of Karachi.

During the meeting the EDO Health, Dr Zafar Ejaz presented a detailed report, about the achievements of the exercise, to the commissioner. It was said that 265,000 and 928 children up to five years of age were administered OPV by the teams during the special campaign simultaneously held at the identified UCs of Malir, West, East, Korangi and Central districts.

These 11 UCs are among the areas where confirmed cases of polio mellitus have been reported in the current year. The support extended by religious leaders and community members of these 11 UCs was largely appreciated as this helped improve teams’ accessibility to the kids previously missed by the teams.

It was acknowledged that a very small percentage of the children may have been missed this time also but would be covered in no time because of the community support.

Siddiqui highly appreciative of the zeal shown by the polio teams during the exercise urged the EDO-Health to ensure timely completion of the arrangement for next scheduled campaign.

 He said the exercise must be duly coordinated with all concerned stakeholders so as to avoid any lacunae. Unicef and WHO officials must be actively involved in the strategy being evolved, said the Commissioner Karachi.