LAHORE: Lahore DIG (Operations) Haider Ashraf has said that search and sweep operations would continue on daily in the provincial metropolis to hunt down suspected elements since the country has been confronting serious security challenges.

The Lahore Operation police chief ordered the field officers to personally supervise the security sweeps in their jurisdiction. He also appealed to the people to cooperate with the local police in keeping their communities safe and secure.

According to a police spokesperson, the DIG reviewed in-detail the performance of Lahore police while presiding over a meeting at the police headquarters on Thursday.

On this occasion, he directed the divisional SPs to ensure security sweeps on daily basis and report back to the headquarters.

The DIG was informed that the police detained 304 suspected persons including Afghan nationals during the last 10 days. The police also searched more than 550 hotels, inns, guesthouses, seminaries, workshops and factories. During the last ten days, the police also checked and verified the particulars of some 15249 persons. Most of the search and sweep operations were conducted in the suburbs of Lahore including Shahdara, Manawan, Raiwind, Kahna, and Kot Lakhpat. The police also conducted search operations in the walled city from where many afghan nationals were detained.–Staff Reporter

The DIG further said that the police would leave no stone unturned to ensure the implementation of the national action plan designed by the federal government following the Peshawar school brutality.

Meanwhile, Lahore police launched search and security sweep simultaneously in many of the provincial metropolis on Thursday night. A police spokesperson said that more than 36 suspects are detained Hundreds of policemen including policewomen are taking part in the search operations and door-to-door searches.

Since January 9, the Lahore police conducted 1600 search operations against the suspected persons in more than 2000 localities. The police are regularly conducting search operations in 28 makeshifts and Afghan colonies.

As a part of the National Action Plan, the government has been working to stop printing and publication of hate material promoting sectarianism. The National Action Plan was drafted in the wake of the Peshawar school attack to chalk out a comprehensive strategy to combat terrorism and extremism.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif constituted special committees for the implementation of the Plan for counter-terrorism.