Rawalpindi - Police conducted a flag march in the city yesterday to create sense of security among the masses and to maintain law and order during Muharram.

The flag march carried out on orders of City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi, started from Police Line Number 1.  The flag march was led by SSP (Operations) Irfan Tariq.

The law-enforcement agencies including Pakistan Rangers, Elite Force commandoes and wardens marched on the routes of precessions, besides main roads.

In a message, CPO Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi said the purpose of holding flag march was to ensure masses that police are fully prepared to guard them during Muharram. “A clear message was also given to the terrorists through the flag march that LEAs are alert to tackle them,” he said.

Later, CPO also convened a meeting with police officers and officials to review the security arrangements made for Muharram. The meeting was attended by SSP (Operations), Divisional SPs, DSPs, SHOs and police picket incharges. Addressing the meeting, CPO Israr Abbasi said police and others LEAs have been battling with terrorists and we should remain on high alert to tackle the enemies of country.

He said police have finalised the security plan for protecting the processions and Majalisis during Muharram.  In this regard, a meeting with Ulema of all schools of thought has been held who assured police of their full support.

Separately, Regional Police Officer (RPO) Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja yesterday directed the SP Rawal Division and other officials to submit report on brothel houses, dens of drugs and gambling, reminding them deadline of filing these reports was October 15. He also expressed his resentment over increasing street crime in Rawal Division.

RPO issued these directions during a meeting held with SP Rawal Division Malik Muhammad Iqbal, DSP City Circle Sardar Babar Mumtaz and SHO Police Station (PS) Mustafa Kamal Ahsan Niazi. The RPO also snubbed the police officers for their failure in controlling crime in Pirwadhai area.

On the other hand, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhera transferred Chief Traffic Officer Sardar Dr Ghias Gull and posted him as district police officer (DPO) Hafizabad. A notification has also been issued in this regard.