Security and prosperity generally move together, the
poor hardly need any security, as they have nothing to lose.
Like elsewhere in the developing economies, the
security business is being developed simultaneously with the economic
and financial growth in Pakistan obviously due to growing security risk.
The security risks have grown to a level that the
entire corporate sector whether in public or private has to allocate a
handsome amount annually for security arrangements. The growing demand
for security arrangement has created a new business of providing
security for which highly scientific and sensitive equipments are being
used to ensure a foolproof security system to the clients.
The security business is more confined merely to
hiring services of the security guards; it is now the system, which
serves the security purpose more effectively as compared to the manual
system in the early days. It requires at least 10 different experts in
one security set up that include, computer software, metal detector,
explosive, audio, video, invisible threats, intelligence, security proof
identity cards, executive movement and above all security planner
experts. The time has come when police take help from some top ranking
security companies' expertise in some cases, as police does not have
many latest technology facilities that some private security companies
In Pakistan now there is no any foreign mission
office and residence, local and foreign bank branch, national and
multinational company, Industrial and commercial units which does not
have a private security set up. Even residential apartment complexes
have started hiring professional private security companies for
"How can the police protect every installation
and business office as every office every company and even executive has
different invisible security threat" said Brig. (R) Rashid Ali
Malik Chief Executive of Security 2000 and former chief of Airport
Security Force who guarded all the airports of the country for more than
six years. He said that "We don't provide security guards to every
one, but we conduct a 48 to 78-hour long physical survey of the premises
before drawing a comprehensive security plan, the survey include nature
of business, movements of employees and executives, location of
premises, nature of province and city and above all invisible security
threats which is the major and only security threat to every individual
executive and organization," Brig Rashid said.
A five star hotel security plan is different from an
industrial unit, a foreign mission office security plan is different
from a newspaper office and even every branch of bank has different
security plan due to its different "invisible security
threats". Brig Rashid said that detecting invisible security threat
is the master key of the whole protection plan. The threat that we see
is not as dangerous as the threat which we cant't see or don't want to
see. For this we have different sections like; employees screening,
executive protection, crisis management, event security, logistic
security, intellectual property protection, risk assessment management,
confidential inquiries, intelligence service etc.
He said that in some examples we refused to provide
security network to a huge organization until some employees were not
sacked immediately, we got them sacked and resumed our services. We
provide periodical and some time urgent confidential report to the chief
executive and relevant department.
Past data of unpleasant incidents and accidents are
more important before we chalk out a security plan. A security
consultancy is now a must for any organization Brig. Rashid said.
Security 2000 have planned comprehensive security
plans for flowing organizations, each organization has completely
different security plan even if some of them have same business nature
like banks, they are; Reckitt Benckiser, Pakistan State Oil, Standard
Chartered Bank, World Bank, UNHCR, First Woman Bank, MCB, Habib Bank
Limited, United Bank, Pepsi Co, Procter and Gamble of Pakistan, ABN AMRO
Bank, Unilever Pakistan, Engro Chemicals, ICI Pakistan, OSRAM Pakistan,
Pak Tobacco, Merck Pakistan, J Walter Thomson, GE Pakistan, KNOLL, APL,
Philips Pakistan, Hughes, Novartis, Roche Pakistan, CNN, Goldman Sachs,
JP Morgan, MSD, 3M, Dupont, Pfizer Pakistan, ADT, Gillette Pakistan,
Thai Airways, CGNU, GSK, Indus Vision, Toyota, Pak Oman, Saudi Pak and
many others. New technologies are being inducted into private security
business, like close circuit cameras, vehicle screening machines,
luggage screening machines, vehicle trackers, executive movements
trackers, metal detectors, explosive detectors etc. The explosive
detectors machines cost range from Rs 1.0 million to Rs 10 million each
The modern security system in Pakistan now has gone
to such level that relying on human being is gradually being reduced and
replaced with hi-tech technologies.
There are only three to four private companies
operating with latest technologies and others are doing roaring business
with just providing security guards who even do not handle the weapons.
The numbers of private security guards have gone more than double than
police in entire country. Police have withdrawn responsibilities from
banks business centers, industrial units since last five years.
However, 90% private security companies are operating
without proper arrangements and training to its guards. The provincial
home department grants the permission to any private security agency in
accordance with the company laws enforced in 1984 and private security
company ordinance was enforced in 1988, which has large details of rules
and regulations, but only few of them are in practice.