LAHORE - The election-specific Command and Control Centers established in the police headquarters at provincial, regional and district level have been made functional.
Set up on the directions of Punjab IGP Aftab Sultan, these centers are working round-the-clock in three shifts under the supervision of SP or DSP rank officers to ensure security and enforce Code of Conduct laid down by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The central election security center established in the Central Police Office (CPO) in Lahore is connected with all the other centers operating across Punjab. The CPO cell is responsible for monitoring and checking all the security and enforcement of ECP code – stopping violations and action against the violators.
The centers at district and regional level have been ordered to implement the directives of the election commission on daily basis and ensure foolproof security to the minorities, political leaders and workers and international observers, besides monitoring media reports to submit before the IGP in case of any important happening. Every in-charge at these centers is bound to verify any information from the district concerned to ensure legal action.
As per the orders of the IGP, the district centers would remain in regular contact with the Central and Regional Command and Control Centers and they would keep close liaison with the Special Branch, Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), Commissioner Office, and the offices of the DCOs all over the province.
On the orders of the IGP, snap-checking has also been intensified at the entry and exit points of all the districts in the province. In this regard, Sargodha District Police Officer (DPO) Sultan Ahmed Chaudhry Thursday constituted a special team headed by DSP Bhalwal and comprising Phularwan SHO Inspector Khalid Mahmood. The team on a tip-off stopped a suspected vehicle that was coming from Islamabad at the Salam interchange and recovered huge cache of weapons stashed in the secret parts of the vehicle.
The arms and ammunition included 7 Kalashnikovs, 7 automatic rifles, 43 pistols (30-bore), 14 Kalashnikovs magazines, 14 12-bore magazines, 900 bullets (7mm), 800 bullets (44-bore), 1200 Kalashnikovs bullets, and 4,500 bullets of 30-bore pistol. The arrested accused, who belongs to Sukur city of the Sindh province, is being interrogated.