LAHORE – Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Muhammad Habib-ur-Rehma-n has revealed that the terror attacks at the army camp in Gujrat and the police picket near Babu Sabu Interchange in Lahore are identical.

The provincial police chief also disclosed that the investigators got some clues and evidence that would help them unearth the criminals involved in the armed strikes, which left over a dozen brave policemen and soldiers of Pakistan Army dead.

“The police immediately responded to the predawn gun attack at the military base in Gujrat. The police triggered an armed encounter with the terrorists to engage them and according to confirmed reports, one of the terrorists escaped with bullet injuries he sustained during the exchange of fire,” Habib told reporters after addressing a ceremony at the Central Police Office on Thursday.

The IGP hosted the lunch in honour of police officers of Sargodha Region for showing extraordinary performance in controlling crimes in their respective region.

The IGP also said there was a positive development in the investigation, adding that the timing of both the incidents and the vehicles used in these gun attacks were identical.

Habib said the police were directed to remain on high-alert round-the-clock and effective armed patrolling would be ensured particularly in the wee hours across the province.

When asked about the security arrangements during the holy month of Ramazan, the IGP said the field officers were directed to ensure foolproof security arrangements around mosques and other religious congregations during Sehar, Iftar and Traveeh timings.

Police were directed to ensure armed patrolling at leading roads, bazaars, commercial markets and religious seminaries during the holy month of Ramazan so that the people could perform their social activities and religious obligations without any fear and hesitation, he added. Earlier, the IGP, while addressing the ceremony, said that the police are implementing preventive policing strategy in order to eradicate terrorism and to control the crimes in the province.

The IGP has also extended the deadline for the overweight police officers and directed them to reduce their waist-line to the required standard till July 31.

Later, the provincial police chief awarded a cash prize of Rs 100,000 and commendatory certificate to RPO Sargodha and cash prizes of Rs 50,000 and an appreciation letter to each the DPO of the Sargodha range.