Terrorist attack at Mazar-e-Quaid feared due to serious security lapse

A large number of People from across Pakistan and abroad visits the Mazar of the father of the nation
A large number of People from across Pakistan and abroad visits the Mazar of the father of the nation

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The security agencies have warned Sindh Government of terrorism threats due to serious security lapse at the mausoleum of the Quid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, it was reliably learnt here on Saturday.

A letter, detailing the grey security areas, shortcomings and serious security lapses at the Mazar-e-Quaid was written to Sindh Government on last Tuesday, 25th November 2014, warning it of security breach which will provide terrorists an easy way to hit the mausoleum.

The Quaid-e-Azam residency in Balochistan was targeted by terrorists in June 2013 whereas his Mazar in Karachi may also become an easy and soft target for the terrorists, sources told, confirming that no action has been taken upon the alert of serious nature despite the passage of four days.

Letter

According to letter, a copy of which is also available with this scribe security agencies showed serious apprehensions after they found that the Cameras were not only of very low quality and faulty but they were also not being installed at proper locations. “Only 4xPTZ cameras are being installed around and at top of mausoleum and that too without power backup and UPS”, the letter states.

To the surprise of agencies there is also no proper display room where round the clock monitoring can be done in order to keep an eye on suspicious activities there, sources said, adding the Cameras were also immovable, making the system least effective.

The Quaid-e-Azam residency in Ziarat, Baklochistan was attacked by militants of Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) in June 2013
The Quaid-e-Azam residency in Ziarat, Baklochistan was attacked by militants of Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) in June 2013

No proper number of guards is being deployed while they too are without security clearance, which is a prerequisite for such a sensitive task, sources said. Entry through general gates is manually checked and no walk-through gates have been installed, the letter reminds Sindh Government.

The News story was originally published here

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Author: Naimat

Karachi based journalist, writing on national and international issues.

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