Security in Lahore beefed up following Peshawar blast

Police spokesperson says Australian players will be given ‘head of state-level security’

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Lahore DIG Operations Dr Mohammad Abid Khan on Friday ordered police officers to increase security to the entrance and exit points of the provincial capital, following a bombing inside a mosque in Peshawar that killed at least 56 people.

He asked the duty officers to check suspicious people and vehicles effectively on entry and exit points.

Khan directed all divisional SPs to monitor the security situations and asked all the SHOs to be in the field for ensuring maximum vigilance. He asked police officers to focus on security in markets and sensitive places at regular intervals.

He ordered SP Dolphin [a special patrolling force] to carry out surveillance of Dolphin and PRU teams by himself. He asked Dophin and PRU teams to make effective rounds of crime hot spot areas. Anti-riot force (ARF) has also been deployed in different areas of the city.

Meanwhile, Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Additional IG Fayyaz Ahmad Dev issued directions to DIG and Lahore SSP Operations to ensure foolproof security arrangements in the city, particularly at mosques, imambargahs, markets, business centres, and sensitive installations. Senior officers of Lahore police visited different areas of the city — including mosques and other religious places — to check the security arrangements. All SDPOs and related officers reviewed and ensured tight security arrangements throughout the city.

Police officers and officials together with members of the Dolphin Squad and Police Response Unit remained alert and conducted effective patrolling at all the sensitive areas. Police also checked all the vehicles, particularly suspicious persons, at the entry and exit points of the city. Moreover, search and sweep operations have been conducted around sensitive areas of the city and other important offices and public places.

Heavy contingents of Dolphin Squad, PRU, Elite force, security agencies and Lahore police participated in the search operations. Lahore police checked all suspicious persons in various parts of the city with the help of biometrics and the latest android devices.

According to the spokesperson of Lahore police, the ongoing search operations aimed to create a sense of security among citizens and maintain the law and order situation in the provincial capital.

Talking to Minute Mirror regarding the security arrangements for the Australian cricket team, he said, “There is no need to worry regarding the ongoing Pak-Australia tour because we are ensuring foolproof security for upcoming cricket matches.”

“Players will be given ‘head of state-level security’ and, we have designed the best security plan for their arrival and departure,” he added.

He further said, “Peshawar incident is heartbreaking, but we are fully prepared to fight terrorism in Lahore, and I am overseeing all the arrangements myself.”

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.