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Commissioner Karachi orders protection of essential and sensitive installation of ports

Karachi, March 13, 2014 (PPI-OT): Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui has ordered immediate re-construction of boundary wall around Keamari Oil Terminal and removal of junkyard raised near the installation itself. Chairing a meeting with officials of Karachi Port Trust (KPT) and city administration, he said protection of essential and sensitive installation is a joint responsibility and no compromise can be made in this regard. Siddiqui said the emerging situation in face of growing threat of terrorism makes it necessary to adopt zero tolerance towards any negligence or complacency.

He said broken portion of the boundary wall around Keamari Oil Terminal with concrete structures built around it by encroachers are a serious threat that could not be ignored. Oil terminals and sea ports are crucial for any country’s economy and these under all conditions have to be kept cordoned off, reiterated the commissioner.

He said while security of these premises is the responsibility of the security department of Karachi Port Trust, however, any encroachment outside port premises, adjacent to it can also not be allowed. The meeting was attended by Additional Commissioner (One) M.Aslam Khoso۔ Deputy Commissioner South, Mustafa Jamal Kazi۔ Commandant P.S.F KPT, Syed Baseer Alam۔ Representative of DIG Police South (SDPO Kaemari) Rustam Nawaz۔ Director Media Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Shabih Siddiqui and others.

KPT officials told the meeting that both east and west wharves are largely secured and that their land management department has also retrieved 70 percent of the land encroached by a strong mafia. They mentioned that during the exercise KPT managed to demolish more than 250 concrete structures. Karachi Commissioner on the occasion also drew their attention towards illegal pruning of mangrove forest and its destruction due to indifference of concerned stakeholders.

For more information, Contact:
M. Shabih Siddiqui
Commissioner Karachi division
4, Club Road, Karachi
Tel No.99205607 99205610
Cell: 03002294020
Fax 99205652
Email: commissionerkarachi@gmail.com

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