KARACHI: On the occasion of the 177th Sindh Police Remembrance Day, Police Inspector General Mushtaq Ahmed Mahar said on Friday that from the start, the Sindh police had steadily faced all kinds of challenges in circumstances ranging from dealing with threats of terrorism to. pandemic.
He said that more than 2,300 police were killed in the battle against organized crime while more than 70 people were infected with Covid-19 while implementing locking measures imposed by the provincial government to stop the spread of the corona virus.
Recalling the ‘glorious past’ of the Sindh police as “becoming the first modern police force on the subcontinent,” he said: “Today, I have full faith in the ability and professionalism to maintain tradition and the spirit of serving the community with enthusiasm even with enthusiasm in the current pandemic.
“In the difficult times we have experienced, I was reminded beforehand that when the Sindh police returned to the forefront in helping citizens deal with the deadly epidemic.”
May 1 marked the 177th Sindh Police Strengthening Day
The IGP said that in the 1890s, a terrible plague struck Sindh, and that it was the police who were also at the forefront, helping to quarantine infected people and even bury people their families could not bury.
He said that the best quality of the Sindh police was that despite the very real danger of infection they faced every day and despite the fact that a number of police officers had been infected, the troops still carried out their duties with the same level of perseverance. every day, without wavering.
In his closing remarks, IGP hoped that the Sindh police would emerge from the pandemic as a truly trustworthy force dedicated to the safety and welfare of the people.
It can be remembered that when the deadly plague hit Karachi during the colonial era in the 1890s, it triggered violence and the displacement or emergence of new settlements in Karachi including the existing Civil Line, according to historians.
There is not much information about the plague. However, Khan Bahadur Khudadad Khan, who had been declared the Sindh ‘last historian’ by Pir Hissamuddin Shah Rashidi and who remained an advisor to around 35 Sindh commissioners starting from Frere for land and political affairs for 45 years, in his memoir. writes that around 5,000 people died because of the plague.
However, Dr. N.A. Baloch, quoting Hassan Ali Effendi’s memoirs, wrote that the outbreak had killed around 200,000 people when it spread from Karachi to Shikarpur.
Published in Dawn, May 2, 2020
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