Wednesday, January 6, 2010

$152 million Karachi surveillance plan

Islamabad announced plans to spend more than $152 million to set up a state-of-the-art security system in the port city of Karachi to thwart terrorist attacks.

The government said it was spending $151.7 million on a two-year project dubbed Safe City Karachi to fight, deter and suppress terrorism and enhance public safety, Pakistan's News International reports.

More than 160 critical points were identified as areas of concern, including airport installations, government buildings and key expressway interchanges.

The system will be equipped with advanced video surveillance technology that can detect vehicle license plates. Acoustic sensors incorporated into the system will be able to pinpoint locations of gunshots and other explosions.

A bomb ripped through the Pakistani port city of Karachi last week following claims the military was winning its counter-terrorism campaign.

The Pakistani Interior Ministry said most of the terrorist attacks in the country involve stolen vehicles and illegal immigrants.

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