Army on standby 
for Ashura: Qaim

KARACHI— Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has said there was no need to deploy army in the province but confirmed that the army was on standby if required for the security for Muharram processions in the next two days.

By Rehan Siddiqui

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Published: Sun 25 Nov 2012, 11:29 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 12:51 PM

Talking to the the media, the chief minister said that the government had full confidence in police and Rangers ability to control law and order situation in the province as measures adopted were functioning to the government’s satisfaction. “The provincial government did not want military operation in Karachi unless the situation demanded,” he said.

He expressed the hope that police and Rangers would cope with the situation, adding that the government was trying to meet the requirements of modern security equipment for the law enforcement agencies of the province.

Shah appealed to the people to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies and the suspension of mobile phones and restrictions on motorcycles were taken only in the interest of providing security for the life and property in the province on the basis of credible intelligence reports of threat of terror attacks.

“I earnestly appeal to the people of the province to cooperate and assist the law enforcement agencies in countering the threat of the terrorists whose main objective is to create law and order situation in the province to de-destabilise the country”, he added.

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