Warns guards, employers of arrest if order defied
The Sindh Home Department has directed all private security agencies across the province to make it compulsory for their security guards to don the prescribed blue uniform on duty for the next 15 days.
The security guards and their respective employers have been warned that they would be arrested if the home department’s order is defied.
The warning came from Home Secretary Dr Niaz Ali Abbasi on Thursday when he met with a delegation of the All Pakistan Security Agencies Association (APSAA) that was led by APSAA Chairman Col (retd) Tauqeer-ul-Islam.
Abbasi warned that Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code would be invoked to apprehend the private security guards and their employers found in violation of the government order.
He also warned that disciplinary action would be taken against the private security agencies that had not obtained due permissions and no-objection certificates from the relevant government agencies before engaging in selling ownership rights of their respective companies.
The home secretary said action would also be taken against the private security agencies that were serving their clients without obtaining the necessary licences from the government.
Former APSAA chairman Brig (retd) Rasheed Ali Malik said a new trend had been observed in Karachi whereby some private security agencies were engaged in franchising their services without government authorisation and with the help of unauthorised security companies in those areas of the city where licensed security agencies lacked resources and manpower.
“For instance, if a private security company lacked resources and manpower for providing services in Korangi, then it would enter into a contract with any unlicensed security company, which, on behalf of the licensed company, would use its name, uniform and licensed weapons to provide security services,” said Malik.
He said the trend of unauthorised franchising in different parts of the city had attracted the attention of the government authorities, which were also of the view that the practice should be stopped to prevent misuse or abuse of the services of the licensed security companies.
He also said a phenomenal growth of unlicensed private security agencies had been witnessed recently in interior Sindh.
They often escape government action on the basis of having links with influential persons in the government and the law enforcement agencies, he added.