Security was not deployed in 131 shrines in Karachi, SHC said

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KARACHI: A police report from Karachi presented to the Sindh High Court on Friday revealed a lack of security in the city’s sanctuaries, as only 58 police officers were deployed at the 313 sanctuaries, ARY NEWS reported.

Details were submitted in response to a statement in the superior provincial court about the lack of security arrangements in the sanctuaries. A report submitted by additional inspector general Karachi on Friday showed that the worst expectations were true.

He revealed that about 58 police officers are deployed in 313 sanctuaries in the city and that there were at least 131 sanctuaries in the city without the deployment of security personnel.

The district division of these religious sites included at least 29 sanctuaries in the Eastern district, 41 in Malir and 61 in Korangi.

One of the largest and most visited sanctuaries in Karachi which is Abdullah Shah Ghazi’s sanctuary only has a deployment of eight to 10 people in a single turn.

When giving details of the total number of sanctuaries in the city, the report says that there are 13 sanctuaries in the Southern District, 45 in the Central District, 71 in the Western District, 29 in the Eastern District, 41 in Malir and 61 in the area from Kornagi, while 53 sanctuaries are also found in the city area.

It is pertinent to mention here that militant teams have attacked these places in the past through suicides or planted bombings that take the lives of many innocent people.

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Abdullah Shah Ghazi Mazar has also been attacked twice in the past, however, an important incident in this regard in the province occurred when the Sehwan sanctuary was bombed and claimed the lives of at least 80 devotees.

Prime Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah at that time had announced a government plan to increase security in sanctuaries and other sensitive places.

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