LAHORE  - Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera has ordered the police to take stringent action against the illegal residents besides removing the no-go areas established by Afghan Refugees in the Punjab province.

The provincial police chief further directed the field officers to step up clampdown on the facilitators of militants and the elements involved in spreading hatred by making provocative speeches.

According to a police spokesperson, the IGP issued these directions while addressing the Regional Police Officers (RPOs) conference at the Central Police Office on Monday.

It was decided in the conference that all the decisions of the Apex Committee, constituted by the federal government and security establishment to get rid of terrorism, would be implemented across the province in its true letter and spirit.

Lahore CCPO Muhammad Amin Wains, Additional-IGPs, regional police officers (RPO), and district police officers (DPOs) were also present in the meeting.

To ensure the security of the schools, officials of Quick Response Force (QRF) will remain in constant touch with the administration and the heads of the school management besides regularly visiting the schools. The police chief further directed the field officers to direct the SHOs for keeping permanent liaison with the QRF officials, deployed around the school buildings.

The RPO conference also decided that the loudspeaker could only be used for Azaan (prayer call), Khutba (sermon), and public service messages like funeral announcements.  The mosques’ administration has been asked to use internal speakers only during the religious gatherings. In case of any kind of violation, the use of loudspeaker could be banned for six months and the violators would be punished as per law. Similarly, the field officers would also ensure the rights of minorities at any cost and nobody would be allowed to take the law into own hands. The top police officers also decided to take stern action against all the banned outfits, which facilitate the terrorists to arrange trainings or meetings anywhere in the province. The police were also asked to intensify crackdown against the extremists placed under the fourth schedule of the anti-terrorism act.

The provincial police chief further directed the field officers to complete the installation of monitoring system at all 68 entry and exit points and river edge riverine check-posts of the province within a week since the funds for this purpose were already provided to the concerned offices.

The police would also establish 80 police service centers to facilitate the public under one roof. Also, the field officers were directed to complete the postings of the officers from SHO to DSP level in their respective districts within a week and no officer would be transferred later without the permission of the CPO concerned.