ISLAMABAD - After repeated terrorist attacks in country's port city of Karachi this week, Islamabad Police has enhanced security in the capital city.

Assistant Inspector General of ICT Police, on the directions of Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan, has directed all police officials to fully contribute in improving the overall security of the city.

In a meeting of senior officials of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) police, AIG (Operations) Sultan Azam Taimuri stressed effective coordination among various wings of the force so that sensitive information could be shared on time and prompt action taken. The nefarious designs of mischievous elements should be foiled through maintenance of high vigilance and effective policing measures, Taimuri told the officers.

"We need to ensure best coordination among all wings of ICT police. This is the only way to keep the terrorists at bay," a press note issued from office of the AIG quoted him as saying in Thursday meeting. He said that it is the prime responsibility of the police to ensure protection to the lives and property of the citizens and this duty should be done with utmost devotion.

Temuri directed officers to brief their subordinates deputed at police pickets about vigilance steps and checking techniques on these points. He said policemen would be trained by Bomb Disposal Squad and he directed patrol teams to remain high alert against suspects and criminal elements. He said that all SPs would ensure that weapons and ammunition are kept by their subordinates in proper condition.

The AIG said officials of CID and AIG Special Branch would ensure that their staff is working efficiently and gathering information with responsibility. He directed to investigate suspects properly and not ignore even minor information obtained from them. Temuri said investigation techniques should be improved and policemen investigating the suspects should immediately inform their officers in case of any important information.

He directed all SPs to conduct checking of all hotels, guest houses and inns in their respective areas, and verify the record of visitors after getting their particulars. He also asked all officials to have complete information about slum areas in the city and properly maintain the record of survey conducted recently, especially of proclaimed offenders, court absconders and those who remained jail bird ever. The AIG said progress of police officials would be reviewed continuously and capable cops would be encouraged.

Temuri also asked for effective security measures at public places and rush areas. He said possible efforts should be made to check each person and walkthrough gates should be installed in such locations. He also directed to conduct survey of these places to ensure proper security arrangements there besides ensuring corner meetings with stakeholders for improvement.

He directed to beef up security measures at weekly bazaars, hospitals, markets, masajid, imambargahs, seminaries, big motels, schools, colleges, bus stands. The officer said that security measures should be taken following shop and security ordinance while installation of CCTV cameras, appointment of security guards and checking through metal detectors should be ensured there. He said boundary wall should be erected at the places where it is deemed necessary.