Sindh government placements up cleverness bodies for NAP performance

KARACHI: The Sindh govt has established cleverness committees at district and sector levels to “measure threat perception”, share data with higher officers and support the provincial federal government in the execution of the National Action Plan, officials and sources declared. The committees would consist of officers of civil management, law enforcement, and intelligence organizations.

The 29-point terms of reference ( TORs ) for the committees, they declared, mentioned all leading functions of intelligence collecting in divisions and districts of the province including pre-emptive action against activities of proscribed outfits, checking of non-mandated activities of the non-governmental businesses and continuous checking of execution of sanctions against listed entities and individuals. The committees will also keep an eye on proscribed outfits and ‘non-mandated’ acts of NGOs.

“The divisional intelligence committee would be headed by the respective commissioner while the committee at the district stage would be looked after the deputy commissioner,” declared a source citing information of a home division notification. “Other members of the committee included the district police head, divisional head of the Counter-Terrorism Department ( CTD), district head of Special Branch and senior officers of intelligence agencies .”

The source declared that the solution objective of the training was to enhance the intelligence-gathering system to assess the level of threat and recommend calculates for the effective implementation of NAP. Sources also shared some key jobs of the committees included using cognizance of local level threat data and sharing the same with the provincial govt.

They declared that the committees had been tasked with developing a database of all public facilities and those buildings where free movement of people was permitted. “The committees would carry out an exercise to gather all relevant facts to set up a comprehensive database which included information of madressahs, mosques, hotels, shrines, motels and major residential buildings in their districts and divisions,” mentioned another source while referring to the detailed job of the committees.

“Interestingly, the committees have also been mandated to identify those businesses or individuals who have a history of financing or harboring terrorist components or local masterminds. Equally, the committees have been questioned to visit the educational institutions and verify the security measures set in place,” the source added.

Citing protection audit records of various facilities including educational institutions and commercial establishments , the provincial govt had directed that the loopholes be re-examined, plugged and that all possible necessary security arrangements be adopted , the source declared, adding that the exercise would help to assess a true image of the state of security plannings in different districts of the province . Security of foreigners, mostly Chinese nationals, was also taken into account by the Sindh govt while assigning the job to the intelligence committees, the source added.

“To ensure foolproof security of foreigners especially Chinese working/visiting/residing in the respective divisions/districts through divisional and district checking committees. Implementation of SOPs ( standard operating procedures ) granted by the home department for the security of foreigners/Chinese,” said one of the 29 ToRs.

After the recent action in Karachi by the police that busted organized gangs that had been selling subscribers identity module ( SIMs ) of different cell phone companies through unlawful channels, the Sindh govt had decided to put check on the company in other parts of the province through the intelligence committees. “According to the ToR, the committees would also ensure action against the unlawful sale of cell phones and their connections. Similarly, the committees have been asked to monitor and report the non-mandated activities of local and international NGOs in the province,” said the source.

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