Security team

New Zealand cricket safety team happy with arrangements in Karachi

A New Zealand cricket security delegation visited the headquarters of the Special Security Unit (SSU) on Saturday and expressed satisfaction with the security arrangements.

Officials said the four-member security delegation from the New Zealand Cricket Board including Reg Dickason, Simon Lasley, Greg Mann and Heath Mills had visited the SSU headquarters. DIG Security and Emergency Services Division, Dr Maqsood Ahmed chaired a meeting and briefed the delegation on security arrangements related to the visit of the New Zealand cricket team to Pakistan.

The New Zealand delegation, senior PCB officials, intelligence officials, Sindh Rangers Wing Commander Babar Javed, Special Branch and Traffic Police officials and other senior officers attended in the meeting.

DIG Ahmed briefed the delegation on the security arrangements to be put in place regarding the New Zealand cricket team’s visit to Pakistan, especially for the matches to be played at the National Stadium in Karachi.

He said the SSU commandos had received advanced professional training and were equipped with modern weapons and communication systems, and the SSU (SWAT) team would deal with any unforeseen situation.

He further said that in the past, various international teams like the Australian cricket team had made successful visits to Pakistan, indicating that Pakistan was a safe country for international sports activities. The delegation reviewed the security arrangements made at the airport, stadium, roads and hotels in connection with the matches at the national stadium and expressed their satisfaction.

The delegation also visited various departments of the SSU headquarters and appreciated the maintenance of professional standards and the enhancement of the professionalism of the police commandos. Later, the delegation along with DIG Ahmed and PCB officials also visited the national stadium.