LAHORE     -   Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Faisal Shahkar on Tuesday said that foolproof arrangements for the security of Ashura proces­sions and Majalis should be en­sured at any cost.

He expressed these views while presiding over a meeting held at Dis­trict Police Lines Lahore to review the security and crime situation.

He said that the police should en­sure the active role of peace com­mittees in collaboration with the district administration, establish an atmosphere of mutual harmony with the scholars of all schools of thought and civil society.

The IGP, while giving instructions said that all the routes of Ashura procession should be monitored with Safe City and CCTV cameras and Special Branch, CTD and sensi­tive agencies should speed up search and combing operations.

In the meeting, CCPO Lahore Ghulam Mahmood Dogar briefed about crime control, while DIG Operations Afzal Kausar briefed about the security arrangements regarding Ashura Muharram.

During the meeting, the IG Punjab issued orders to adopt zero tolerance policy regarding cases of violence and harassment against women and children. He said that women personnel and officers in the force should also be given a chance in the field.

Faisal Shahkar said that only by improving public service de­livery and reaching out to the victims, the police could gain the trust and support of the citizens, so any delay in registering cases would not be tolerated.

The IG Punjab said that indiscrimi­nate action should be taken against the land mafia who were occupying the properties of overseas Pakistanis and innocent citizens and organized gangs should be brought under the law by taking concrete steps to con­trol street crime in the city.

He directed to increase patrol­ling of dolphins and other patrol­ling forces near sensitive mosques, imambargahs, public places and markets.

Earlier, on the arrival of the IG Punjab at the police lines, the chil­dren of the martyrs presented a bou­quet to the IG Punjab. Faisal Shahkar paid tribute to the sacrifices of the martyrs of Lahore Police and also recorded his impressions in the me­morial book on martyrs.


National Police Martyrs Day will be observed on August 4 (tomor­row) across the country including Punjab. In this regard, under the di­rection of IG Punjab Faisal Shahkar, DIG Welfare issued a letter to all dis­tricts and units.

In the letter, instructions have been issued that the heads of all districts and units should organize events in memory of the martyrs and the families of the martyrs should also be invited to the events.

He said that the district officers across the province should acknowl­edge the sacrifices of police martyrs and pay tribute to them.