SIALKOT - With only 22 railways police personnel deputed to protect 28 stations and 114-kilometre-long rail tracks of Sialkot-Pasrur-Narowal and Sialkot-Sambrial-Wazirabad sections, deep insecurities have emerged which the authorities are still oblivious to.
The possibility of any threat or unwanted happening within the precincts of these 22 cops may not be ruled out. But officials of the Pakistan Railways (PR) have done nothing substantial in this respect.
According to a senior official of the PR Police stationed in Sialkot, there were only one SHO, one sub-inspector , four head-constables and 16 constables to deal with security-related matters in Sialkot region.
Almost all PR policemen TheNation talked to were concerned over non-availability of protective gear and an official conveyance. In the case of an eventuality at a place, these policemen have to reach there by a small loco (thaila) which often results in long delays. On certain occasions, they have to arrange a private vehicle on self-help basis.
Nevertheless, some officials said that these cops often remained absent from their duties, compounding problems of passengers.
Social, commercial, educational, political and religious circles have expressed grave concern over this situation and urged senior officials of the PR to heighten security and increase the number of policemen in Sialkot region.
Two held for selling kites, twine: Police have arrested two shopkeepers, Ali Aslam and Muhammad Nawaz, for selling kites and twine in Naikapura and Rangpura localities.
Police also confiscated kites and strings from their shops. Cases have been registered against them.
250 UK-based Sikhs visit Nanakana Sahib: A delegation of 250 Sikhs from the United Kingdom visited Darbar Sahib Baba Guru Nanak in Kartarpur under tight security on Monday.
The Sikh pilgrims performed their religious rites and distributed sweets and charity food. Many of them also refreshed their pre-partition memories by visiting their old native homes in Shakargarh and Zafarwal. They appreciated the Pakistan governments sincere efforts for protecting holy places of the Sikh community.
30 BHUs without medics in Sialkot: The citizens, particularly patients, have been suffering immensely due to the shortage of medical officers in basic health units (BHUs) in the district.
Some 30 BHUs out of the total 88 have either no medical officer or are being run without medical officers since long.
The District Health Department has been unable to ensure early appointment of medical officers to vacant posts in the BHUs.