Private company to provide security to journalists in Karachi, Peshawar, Islamabad -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

Paksitan Press Foundtion

Private company to provide security to journalists in Karachi, Peshawar, Islamabad

PESHAWAR: Security Management Services (SMS), a private security agency of Pakistan, will train journalists on their security matters in Karachi, Islamabad and Peshawar. The programme has been launched under the initiative of the Council of Pakistan Newspapers’ Editors (CPNE).

This was stated by Chairman SMS Ikram Sehgal while briefing journalists here at the Peshawar Press Club (PPC) on Thursday. For the security of journalists, he said the company had established a special control room with universal phone number. The security system is specific for the members of the press clubs. Any journalist that would make a call or send SMS on the number of the control room would be provided assistance.

The number is 111-cpne-111 and could be contacted through landline and cellphones. Under the security cover, he said the security company would also conduct survey of offices of the newspaper industry and pinpoint possible security lapses to them.

He disclosed that a comprehensive insurance policy covering both incidental casualties and health matters was also under consideration with an insurance company of Abu Dhabi. For the resolution of the problem of militancy in Fata, he suggested the abolition of the Afghan Transit Trade (ATT) to convert it into a free trade zone and allow the countries of the region to buy their required goods.

Source: The News

Date:1/23/2010