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Karachi: Muharram security arrangements discussed!

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8th Muharrum being observed today

KARACHI: Deputy Commissioner West Ms. Shadia  Jaffer held a meeting of a District Intelligence Committee with regard to Muharram-ul-Haram arrangements.
The meeting organized on the directives of the Chief Secretary  Sindh which was attended by SSP West Dr. Rizwan Khan, representatives of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) including police and Rangers, NPTV learned today. 
The meeting finalized issues such as the security of procession route during Muharram-ul-Haram, combing operations in sensitive locations of District West, the issue of hate speech and unlawful use of loudspeakers.
The Deputy Commissioner West and the SSP West decided to boost coordination between their offices and create greater coordination between ACs and SHO/DSP, coupled with an adequate back up of rangers as the second line of action. 

Relevant piece: Inspector General of Police (IGP-Sindh), Kalim Imam in his directives issued Sunday has sought stringent implementation of contingency plan for the security of Muharram congregations, particularly that of Nishtar Park and Hussainya Iranian imam bargah in Karachi. Deputy Inspectors General (DIGs) of the region were asked to personally monitor the implementation of the plan on daily basis and ensure to keep themselves constantly in touch with the district level officials so as to avert any possible breach of security.
Meanwhile, Additional Inspector General of Police (Operations) in his report submitted to the IGP office mentioned that 69545 officials have been deployed on security duty during Muharram and these include 1202 from traffic police department, 1339 from the special branch and remaining from RRF and SRP reserve platoons.
Under Muharram Contingency and Deployment the AIGP informed the provincial police chief that special security covered is being provided to all the 1996 imam bargahs in the province. It was mentioned that permission has been procured for 14699 majalis and for which needed security cover by the police department is being ensured. There were also said to be 3513 mourning processions that would
take place during the first 10 days of the current Islamic month along with 786 processions involving taazia. As for, range wise, police deployment the provincial police chief was informed that 17558 cops would be on security duty in Karachi, 16816 in Hyderabad,2237 in Mirpurkhas,9280 in Shaheed Benazirabad, 8268 in Sukkur and 15404 in Larkana respectively.
It was particularly mentioned that a plan has also been developed for the urgent deployment of the police force (during an emergency situation) in any part of the province. Monitoring was said to be ensured round the clock from Muharram 8-10 via closed-circuit cameras and that consequent directives would be issued through central command and control room being established at CPO as well as at the Civic Centre in Karachi.

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Anti-polio campaign to start in Karachi from today

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KARACHI: Mass immunization campaigns, known as National Immunization Days (NIDs), would be started from today to administer anti-polio drops along with the supplement of Vitamin A to over 2.3 million children up to five years of age in all 188 union councils in the metropolis during seven days.
More than 9000 polio teams will perform their duties in the campaign, it was decided in a meeting chaired by Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Sualeh Farooqui, at his office, said a statement on Sunday. Briefing about security arrangements it was told the meeting that foolproof security arrangements have been made to ensure the security of polio teams. The meeting was attended among others by Municipal Commissioner KMC Dr. Saifur Rehman, all Deputy commissioners, all district and town health officers, officials of Police, Pakistan Rangers, Health
Department, Emergency Operation Centres (EOC). The Commissioner stressed the need to work with the focus based strategies addressing issues specifically in all areas.  He said that there is a great need to work for the improvement of micro plan and communication strategy. He asked the Deputy Commissioners to make all-out efforts to make the campaign result oriented. He urged the parents to cooperate with the polio teams to ensure their children are safe as a vaccine, given to them multiple times, can protect them for life. The Commissioner also stressed the need that efforts should also be made to administer polio drops to school going children of up to five years of age.
It was informed to the meeting that the Education department’s private school secretariat has instructed the concerned private schools to help the administration and cooperate with the polio teams in carrying out their duties for providing children the protection from the crippling decease. It was decided in a meeting that awareness campaign of teachers, as well as parents, would be initiated with the support of school administrations in coordination with the Directorate of the Private Schools. He said that polio eradication was a national cause and it would be the top priority of city administration to carry out its efforts for the elimination of poliovirus.

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MAJU, Azerbaijan’s varsity sign MoU for academic cooperation

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Fee-free university to open in Pakistan

KARACHI: Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi (MAJU) and Khazar University, Baku, Azerbaijan have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for academic cooperation with each other.
MAJU Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences, Dr. Kamran Azim and Rector, Khizar University, Dr.Hassan Niknafs have signed MoU.
This agreement is based on the reciprocity principle and expresses the genuine interest of both universities in exchanging students, scholars, academic information and dual degree programs, said a statement here on Sunday.
As per MoU, MAJU and Khazar University besides exchanging students and faculty/ staff will encourage the development and implementation of visiting scholars/tutors, cultural exchange, cooperative /collaborative research projects, cooperative (joint and double) degree and joint summer programs at respective campuses.  The term of this agreement shall be five academic years that is 2018 to 2023.
Both Universities will cooperate for short term training programs/ projects and service – learning programs, cooperative and exchange lecturing plans and lecture content, conferences and seminars, academic supervision of graduate /post-graduate students.
As per MoU in the event of students exchange, specific arrangement for payment of related expenses, including round-trip travel, board, lodging, tuition and health insurance will be agreed upon by both universities in advance.

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President condoles with Amal’s family

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President condoles with Amal’s family

KARACHI: President Dr. Arif Alvi Saturday visited the family of Amal, 10-year-old girl who was killed during an alleged police encounter, and offered his condolences with her father Umar Adil and the bereaved family.
The president, on the occasion, also directed the concerned departments to immediately investigate the incident, said a press release.
On August 13, during an alleged encounter between policemen and the muggers, Amal who was sitting in the back of her family’s car was fatally hit by one of the bullets in Akhtar Colony area.

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