(Clockwise from left) Amid unprecedented security measures adopted by authorities during the Iranian president’s visit, the Abdullah Haroon Road is closed with containers from the Karachi Press Club intersection (formerly known as Fawara Chowk); people move a motorcycle between barricaded roads; and a man carries an elderly woman on his back as security officers look on during the closure of roads and public transport, on Tuesday. —Shakil Adil / White Star / Reuters / PPI
(Clockwise from left) Amid unprecedented security measures adopted by authorities during the Iranian president’s visit, the Abdullah Haroon Road is closed with containers from the Karachi Press Club intersection (formerly known as Fawara Chowk); people move a motorcycle between barricaded roads; and a man carries an elderly woman on his back as security officers look on during the closure of roads and public transport, on Tuesday. —Shakil Adil / White Star / Reuters / PPI

KARACHI: Police and allied forces took stringent security measures on Tuesday for the security of the visiting Iranian president and members of his delegation in the metropolis.

A police spokesperson said a total of 3,847 policemen were deployed across the city to ensure peace and order.

However, the closure of many important roads in the city, including Sharea Faisal, Shahrah-i-Quaideen, M.A. Jinnah Road, even before the scheduled time of closure as announced by the traffic police caused inconvenience and hardship to motorists and commuters.

The Club Road from PIDC to Metropole remained completely closed for vehicular traffic.

All government and private educational institutions and offices that fall under the administrative control of the province government remained closed due to a public holiday announced by the Karachi commissioner. However, a large number of people employed with public and private organisations under the control of the federal government, including banks, faced hardship in reaching to their workplaces due to heightened security.

The spokesperson said that 345 officers and employees were stationed in district East, 164 in West and more than 300 in district South. Additionally, 1,500 traffic policemen and over 300 officials of the Special Branch were assigned security duties.

To enhance security measures, snipers were strategically positioned at sensitive locations throughout the city, he added.

Highlighting the commitment of the Karachi police to uphold safety standards, the spokesperson emphasised that every possible measure was being taken to fulfil their duties effectively in safeguarding the visiting delegations.

“The rigorous security arrangements underscore Karachi’s dedication to hosting foreign dignitaries in a safe and secure environment, reflecting the city’s ongoing efforts to bolster best relations with foreign dignitaries,” the spokesperson stated.

Published in Dawn, April 24th, 2024

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