LAHORE: The Punjab Police finalised on Friday the security plan for Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain, deputing 60,000 cops to do security duty in the province.
The security plan was shared in a meeting of the Regional Police Conference (RPO) at the Central Police Office (CPO), according to a handout.
Chaired by Inspector General of Punjab Police retired Capt Arif Nawaz Khan through a video link, the meeting was also by all the RPOs and other senior police officers concerned.
Attended the meeting, the IGP said all possible efforts should be made to provide foolproof security to processions and Majalis in order to maintain law and order on Chehlum. He stressed the implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) of security during Majalis and processions in true letter and spirit. He also issued directions for deployment of snipers and commandos in civvies on rooftops of buildings for security of central processions of Chehlum.
Mr Khan asked the Lahore capital city police officer (CCPO) to leave no stone unturned for provision of security to all the participants in Chehlum as well as the annual Urs of Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh. He said search, sweep and combing operations should be carried out in the hotels, inns, guesthouses and in the vicinity of the shrine. He also issued instructions for the officers to deal with the violators of loudspeaker act with iron hands, irrespective of their status.
The IGP said the front desk was a public service project and the Lahore’s front desk had yielded the best results. He directed the police officers of other districts to monitor the initiative regularly and follow the example of the Lahore police.
Reviewing the arrests of the proclaimed offenders in Punjab, the IGP appreciated the efforts of Faisalabad RPO Bilal Sadiq Kamyana. He said all the other RPOs should prepare arrest plans on the pattern of the Faisalabad Region.