PESHAWAR - In the wake of consecutive terror attacks in Peshawar, red alert has been declared in the provincial capital while tough security arrangements have been made to avert major sabotage activities.
Police have been directed to increase number of check posts and keep vigilant watch over miscreant elements. Heavy contingent of security forces have been deployed at the entry points of Peshawar. The area bordering lawless Khyber Agency has been heavily guarded by the police and Frontier Constabulary.
Police have placed barber wires and barricades in front of government installations as well as on boundary walls of various departments.
Inspector General of Police Nasir Durrani also visited blast site and met with trader community of Qissa Khwani Bazar. He expressed severe regret over the losses of precious lives and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice. He said that a targeted operation will be conducted in Peshawar very soon.
Marketplaces and other public areas of the provincial capital would first be cleared by sniffer dogs and bomb disposal units before being opened for the general public, he said, adding that approval for the measure had already been given by the KPK government.
The IGP’s comments came a day after twin blasts, which claimed 43 lives in Qissa Khwani Bazaar, one of the oldest market places in Peshawar.
Talking to reporters at the site of Sunday’s attack, IGP Durrani said the explosive used in the car bomb targeting Qissa Khwani Bazaar was locally made. He further stated that the terrorists had changed their strategy of late, adding that first they were targeting police, whereas now they had started targeting markets and other public places.
He also stated that the provincial government had ordered the formation of a new strategy to fight terrorism and said the government would combat the menace with public cooperation.
The KPK government has decided to launch the targeted operation after more than 140 people were killed in a flurry of suicide blasts that took place in Peshawar over the past one week. The decision was taken on Sunday in a high-level meeting presided over by KP Chief Secretary Arbab Muhammad Shehzad.
While the meeting clearly defined the formation of a special task force, which would combat terrorism with the help of special intelligence organisations, it was also decided to spread awareness against terrorism amongst the people.
He also assured the traders community that police will ensure provision of foolproof security in all the shopping centres. He said that terrorist elements would be defeated through public-police partnership.
He maintained that police have also changed their strategy and soon these elements would be brought to court of law. He said that an information mechanism is under process through which the information given by the public to police will not be disclosed.