IGP orders security alert across province

Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Rao Sardar Ali Khan on Saturday issued orders for putting security on a high alert across the province.

IGP Khan directed all regional police officers (RPOs) and district police officers (DPOs) of the province to enhance the security of sensitive places – especially minority communities’ places of worship. He said search, sweep and intelligence-based operations should be intensified, while the check-in process should be made effective on entrance and exit points of districts and provincial routes.

The IGP said that patrolling time of other patrol forces – including Dolphin and PRU – should be increased, and the checking process should be made more efficient. He said that the security arrangements of the Pakistan-Australia cricket series should be improved further, and supervisory officers should monitor security arrangements and traffic management by going into the field.

He said that more than 4,500 security personnel were available in Rawalpindi for the cricket series, with security teams taking steps for players as well as cricket fans. He said that police, special branches, CTDs and sensitive institutions were working in tandem, and no effort would be spared to protect people’s lives and properties.

On Friday, Australian coach Andrew McDonald said that the team was in “really good hands”, adding that the visitors tour of Pakistan would be guided by security experts if things were to change.

Duaa Mirza is a correspondent covering crime, social issues and law enforcement. She is the youngest crime reporter and the only woman who visits crime scenes on her motorbike. She tweets @DuaaMirza12.