Gwadar terror attack: Govt spurs two security projects

Following the recent terror attack in Gwadar city, the government of Pakistan is ramping up efforts on two major security projects in Gwadar as part of its counterterrorism strategy. These initiatives aim to enhance security infrastructure and reduce the future risk of terror attacks in the port city.

The two major security projects are the “Perimetric Security System Project” and the Gwadar Safe City Project. The Perimetric Security System Project is designed to provide comprehensive security coverage for the Gwadar Port Authority Complex, offices linked to GPA, and buildings belonging to the Gwadar Development Authority (GDA).

An official from GPA informed Gwadar Pro that the project is a built-in multipurpose system capable of detecting threats, conducting surveillance, and analyzing attack patterns. It is being installed with the goal of ensuring a safe and secure environment at the key offices of GPA and GDA. As part of this project, approximately 675 CCTV cameras will be installed to bolster security measures. The China Communications Construction Company, in collaboration with a local firm, has teamed up with GPA and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs (MMA) in this endeavor.

Concurrently, the government of Balochistan has accelerated the Gwadar Safe City Project (Phase I) by establishing the Project Management Unit (PMU) and submitting technical and financial feasibility reports, in line with the Gwadar Smart Port City Master Plan 2025.

With an estimated cost of Rs 3,325.6 million, the Gwadar Safe City Project is being executed by the Ministry of Homes and Tribal Affairs in collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Technology, under the Government of Balochistan. The project involves laying down optical fiber cables with connectivity extending up to 190 kilometers and installing multipurpose cameras at 411 locations.