Special police teams posted to all Punjab districts

On Muharam Security Special forces are detailed all over the punjab

FOLLOWING the terror attack in Rawalpindi, the security plan has been reorganized for Punjab province and at least 36 special teams comprising senior police officers have been posted to all districts of the Punjab.


These police teams will remain on security duties in their respective districts till Muharram 11.


The teams will also remain in close contact with Inspector General of Police (IGP), Punjab, Muhammad Habib-ur-Rehman, Additional IG Malik Khuda Bakhsh Awan and DIG (Operations) Sohail Ahmed Khan.


The decision was taken in meeting held at the Central Police Office Lahore on Thursday.


IGP Muhammad Habib-ur-Rehman presided over the meeting while Additional IG Malik Khuda Bakhsh Awan, Additional IG (Traffic) Kalb-e-Abbas, Additional IG (Finance and Welfare) Sarmad Saeed, Additional IG (Investigations) Naseem-ul-Zaman Siddiqi, Additional IG (Patrolling) Khan Baig, Additional IG (Training) Mubarak Ali Athar, DIG Headquarters Muhammad Aamlesh and DIG (Operations) Sohail Ahmed Khan were also present on this occasion besides others.


The provincial police chief said that all the police officers/officials from the rank of IGP to constable would ensure foolproof security during the holy month. Proper monitoring of hotels, inns, and rest-houses will be ensured to keep a check on the stay of the militants at these places.


The meeting also finalised the security arrangements for the Muharram processions and routes across the province.


Meanwhile, the IGP visited the routes of main procession in Lahore. At Karbala Gamay Shah, Lahore CCPO Muhammad Aslam Tareen and DIG Muhammad Tahir Rai briefed the police chief about the security on the routes of the main processions.


Talking to the media, the IGP said that a ban would be imposed on pillion riding on Muharram 9 and 10 while the police would consult local administration in the districts to get cellular phone service suspended, if needed.


The units of Pakistan Army and Rangers will carry out flag march in Lahore on tomorrow while aerial monitoring of processions in the most sensitive districts will also be carried out. The police and Rangers reserves would also remain on stand-by.


The IGP said that at least 15,000 policemen would be deployed on procession routes in Lahore since the leaves and transfers of all the police officials/officers had been banned for Muharram security.


The IGP said Punjab police had arrested terrorists belonging to two hazardous gangs two days ago from Lahore and Sargodha districts. During beginning investigations, the arrested terrorists have admitted that they had been planning to carry out terror attacks in Lahore at a large-scale. The details of the operation will be shared with the media once the investigation is completed, the IGP accomplished.


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