Law enforcement in Karachi reportedly closed roads in some areas of Clifton and Security is on high alert, especially around foreign missions, amid extraordinary security concerns over the threat of terrorism.
Residents and commuters faced difficulties due to the closure of residential areas and roads.
Police sources said that in view of the threat of terrorism, a high-security alert has been issued in the red zone of Clifton, especially in areas where foreign consulates and their staff reside.
Residents of the area told Bol News that they have been seeing more security over the past two months, especially in Clifton’s Block 4, near the shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi, where consulates of several countries, including China, popular restaurants and some art galleries.
However, they said that this time the situation looks more serious as most of Clifton Block 4 has been sealed off with temporary barriers and vehicles are not allowed to park.
Police are also conducting searches of people and vehicles, while the administration appears to be completely silent on the alleged threat of terrorism.
When contacted, DIG South, Javed Akbar Riaz, said, “Some roads have been closed due to minor security measures, but there is nothing to worry about.”
Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Ali Shalawani said, “This is a routine alert against any immediate threat from law enforcement agencies.
It is to be noted that some areas near the shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi were closed for 15 days due to an increase in cases of Coronavirus and this closure was ended only yesterday.
The development comes less than a month after the attack on the Pakistan Stock Exchange.
On June 30, security forces in a timely operation killed four terrorists who were trying to attack the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) building, while one policeman and three security guards were martyred in the firing.
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