Rs400 million project is set to be launched to protect temples, churches in Sindh

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KARACHI: As a part of protecting religious minorities in Sindh, a Rs400 million project is set to be launched to make safe temples, churches and other places of worship across the province, it emerged here on Thursday.

Officials said the ambitious project would chiefly invest in the purchase of surveillance cameras to be installed at places of worship across Sindh.

Special assistant to the chief minister Khatumal Jeewan said the provincial government had initiated a project in which security surveillance cameras would be installed at temples, churches and gurdwaras.

The cost of the project would be Rs400 million. “This project will greatly enhance the level of security at places of worship,” said Mr Jeewan while speaking to Dawn.

He said the project involved establishment of a modern surveillance and monitoring system at each place of worship using multiple video cameras installed at strategic locations around it.

“All video cameras will be cable connected to a central room located in a back office on the premises away from the monitored areas. It will also contain video monitoring and recording equipment,” said Mr Jeewan.

Officials said the project was planned in line with a directive of Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari after attacks on temples in Larkana, Hyderabad and other districts of Sindh were reported in the past two year.

“The PPP will ensure full security for minorities’ worship places,” Mr Bhutto-Zardari had declared after several organisations representing the religious minorities criticised the government’s alleged ineptitude in protecting them.

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