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PSL8: 1,000 police commandos, sharpshooters deployed for PSL security in Karachi

The Traffic Police has shared details about open and closed routes.

1,000 police commandos and sharpshooters are reported to have been deployed for PSL security in Karachi.

The police have prepared a comprehensive security plan for the safety of the players and officials participating in the mega event.

The much-anticipated cricket extravaganza will continue in Karachi till February 26 during which nine matches will be played at the National Bank Cricket Arena.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Dr Maqsood Ahmed, chief of the police department’s security division, in a press briefing on Monday, said that the foolproof security plan has been finalised ahead of the PSL matches in which 7,500 police personnel will be deployed in the city.

Around 2,600 personnel of the Security Division, including 1,000 Special Security Unit (SSU) male and female commandos, 1,800 personnel of the traffic police, 600 personnel of the Special Branch and other personnel of district police, will be carrying out their duties along with other law enforcement agencies at the critical points, he added.

The critical points include National Bank Cricket Aren formerly National Stadium, Karachi airport, routes, hotels and other locations.

While sharpshooters have also been deployed at sensitive points.

A Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team consisting of highly trained and well-equipped commandos will be on alert at the SSU Headquarters and conduct patrolling in the surroundings of the stadium as a quick response force to meet any situation.

An SSU specialised command and control bus will also be stationed at the stadium to monitor law and order in the surroundings of the stadium.

DIG Ahmed said that CNG-fitted vehicles and all types of drones are strictly prohibited in the stadium premises, and roads will remain open for commuters except one track of Sir Shah Suleman road during the match timings, DIG briefed.

Spectators will be guided and assisted from the parking points to the enclosures by the SSU commandos attired in tracksuits.

All the PSL fans have been advised to reach the stadium early to avoid waiting in long queues.

While all gates of the stadium will open three hours prior to the start of the match.

Prohibitions announced for the spectators:

Any firearms, toy guns, explosives, firecrackers, cigarettes, matchboxes, lighters, or any sharp-edge materials like knives and metal-wooden clubs would not be allowed in the stadium.

Furthermore, any banner, poster or placard displaying discrimination or obscene remarks on the grounds of race, religion or ethnicity is strictly forbidden.

The spectators are not allowed to throw any objects onto the ground or at fellow spectators.

The Traffic Police has shared details about open and closed routes.


Karachi Kings will play their first match of PSL 2023 against Peshawar Zalmi today.


Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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