The Karachi Commissioner ordered officials to ensure the closing of all businesses and restaurants in the city by 8 pm on New Year’s Eve (today).
“owing to security reasons and on the request of the police department […] please ensure the closure of all restaurants and business places at 8pm on the eve of New Year 2021″please ensure the closure of all restaurants and business locations at 8 pm on the eve of the New Year 2021 due to security reasons and at the request of the police department […].
The office of the Karachi Commissioner had said in an earlier notice from the same day that all shops and restaurants would be closed by 5 pm on New Year’s Eve, but later the closing time was extended by three hours.
It was agreed yesterday at a meeting of all deputy commissioners and senior police and government officials that standard operating procedures (SOPs) would be “implemented in letter and spirit” to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Police and other departments are mobilised to monitor the crowd at vulnerable points that might come up to celebrate the occurrence at Seaview, the notice said.
“Ambulances and fire brigades shall be stationed at police camps that will be established at sensitive points by the police to control the law and order situation and to manage the crowd,” it added.
The meeting participants have agreed to announce an emergency at all hospitals and “monitor the activities” and make all CCTV cameras at Seaview available.
Karachi Commissioner Navid Ahmed Shaikh has placed a full ban on aerial shooting on New Year’s Eve in another notice.
“The deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners of Karachi division are hereby authorised to take action against violators with the concerned SSPs and get them booked under Section 188 of the Code of Criminal Procedure […] for violating Section 144 of the CrPc,” reads the notice.
The city police chief had said last week that people resorting to New Year’s Eve jubilant/aerial shooting will be arrested on charges of attempted murder.
“If any individual [is] injured as a result of the shooting, it would be construed that it was not aerial shooting, but the individual was directly involved in injuring the victim,” said Ghulam Nabi Memon, Karachi police chief.
According to police statistics, on New Year’s Eve 2017, one person was killed and several others were injured in aerial shooting, while 19 people, including women, suffered bullet wounds in 2018.
Similarly, 19 people, including women and infants, sustained bullet casualties in 2019, while 14 individuals suffered injuries in 2020.