KARACHI – Commissioner Hashim Raza Zaidi has said that the government will take strict security measures during the upcoming Secondary School Certificate Annual Examinations, starting from April 8, to avert any unpleasant incident in the metropolis.  

He was presiding over a high-level meeting, held at his office on Monday to review the arrangements of forthcoming SSC Annual Examination.

The meeting was attended by chairman Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) Fasihuddin, controller of examination Noman Ahsan, deputy commissioners of all five Karachi districts, district education officer Rizwanul Hassan, SSP Korangi Irfan Bhutto, DSP Bin Qasim Abdul Fettah Sangi, SSP Central Saleem Hussain, SSP North Nazimabad Khuram Waris and other senior officers.

In the meeting it was noted that as many as 48 examination centres in different towns of the metropolis were highly sensitive, where extra security arrangements, including deployment of more police and rangers contingents must be required in the prevailing law and order situation. The meeting was agreed on one-point agenda to stop happening of any incident or tragedy like recent Baldia school attack.

The meeting was told that at least 48 examination centers in Karachi would be highly sensitive during the coming examinations of matriculation. They include two centres for boys and one for girls in Keamari Town, 5 centres for boys and 3 for girls in Baldia Town, 4 centers for boys and 3 for girls in Orangi town, 2 centres for boys and 1 for girls in Lyari town, 1 centre for boys in Jamshed Town, 3 centres for boys and one for girls in Shah Faisal Town, 2 centers for boys and 2 for girls in Landhi town, 2 centres for boys and one for girls in Korangi town, one centre for boys in North Nazimabad, one centre for boys in Liaquatabad, 2 centres for boys and one for girls in Malir, one centres for boys and one for girls in Bin Qasim Town and four centres for boys and 3 for girls in Gadap Town.

It was also noted in the meeting that the ongoing academic year is passing through in more critical law and order situation as compare to the last year, while security steps will be taken more following the sensitivity of the city. 

It was decided that the rangers would patrol around these centers, besides additional deployment of police comprising one police officer and four cops equipped with walky-talkies. However, at the non-sensitive centers only 2 cops would be deployed.

There would be section-144 in the vicinity of exam centers and all Photostat shops in the vicinity of exam centers would remain closed from night to 5:00pm in evening during the exam days. A control room would also be set up in the office of Commissioner Karachi to monitor the situation. The meeting was informed that for the examinations of 6 categories, as many as 223 exam centres have been established in Karachi. There would be vigilance teams comprising 54 members and a 15-member super vigilance team. For every town there would be three vigilance teams.