Top meeting held to ensure security to CPEC project

KARACHI: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh AD Khowaja on Wednesday ordered strict security for China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and non-CPEC projects.

This he ordered while chairing a meeting on security proceedings of Provincial Foreign Security Cell (PFSC). The participants exchanged views about Special Protection Units (SPUs) and provision of security to the CPEC and non-CPEC projects in the province.

The meeting decided to recommend the home department for the approval of capacity in the scope of SPUs under which the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) SPU post should be named as DIG Foreign Security who will be the head of PFSC. These responsibilities include ensuring security for Chinese and other foreign citizens and getting in touch with district level foreign security cells.

The meeting also told that until the approval the post of DIG Foreign security cells, AIG special branch would perform the responsibilities as chairman PFSC.

AIG special branch would ensure access to non-CPEC sponsors and other stakeholders, including access to Chamber of Commerce and Industries representatives, and he would took steps to ensure security proposals of Chinese and other foreigners.

The meeting also decided that the security responsibilities of the foreigners on non-CPEC projects are directly related with sponsors which are as per the home ministry’s SPOs.

The DIG headquarter was instructed to contact with law enforcement agencies and send letters to them. It was also decided that a mechanism be formed at the airport, under which local sponsors of the foreign nationals remain in touch with the special branch for security auditors of foreigners.

The meeting was also attended by AIG Karachi Mushtaq Ahmed Mahar, Dr Wali Khal Dal and Dr Kamran Fazal.