LAHORE - City police officers on Tuesday discussed security strategy to guard mourning processions and gatherings during the upcoming month of Muharramul Haram.
It was decided in the meeting that the police would fully implement the standard operating procedure devised for the holy month. The law enforcement agency will also ensure close coordination with religious leaders and members of the District Peace Committee to maintain peace and harmony.
Lahore DIG (Operations) Dr Haider Ashraf chaired the meeting to review security arrangements for the holy month. SSP Athar Ismail, SP Security Ibadat Nisar, SP Headquarters Atif Nazeer and SP Anti-riot Unit Muhammad Naveed and all divisional SPs were also present on this occasion. DIG Haider Ashraf said that the police would utilize all available resources to ensure foolproof security in the provincial metropolis during Muharram-ul-Haram. The DIG also directed the field officers to step up security and combing operations across Lahore besides regular checking of tenants at rented accommodations including hotels and inns. The divisional SPs were directed to ensure proper visits of the procession routes in the respective areas in order to review security deployment. The police will use cameras, metal detectors, vintage-points, walkthrough gates and barriers during the security operations.
The police will work closely with the Punjab Safe City Authority to ensure security monitoring through maximum CCTVs installed in different part of the city as part of a high-tech surveillance project. Similarly, the police will carry out the flag march in the sensitive areas to promote a sense of security among citizens. On this occasion, SP Security Ibadat Nisar said that policewomen would be given security briefings before being deployed at the main gatherings and mourning processions. The Special Branch, an intelligence wing of the Punjab police, will assist the law enforcing agency during field operations.