LAHORE - The senseless shooting in Karachi which left 45 people dead on Wednesday has put Lahore on high alert.

Following the Karachi killing, the Punjab capital police held a flag march to create a sense of security among citizens.

A lady officer of Elite Police Force, DSP Sumera Shaukat, led the flag march in which 50 elite police commandoes on eight vehicle participated. The flag march started from Qurban Lines and terminated at the same place after passing through the Main Market Gulberg, Imambargah Chowk, Kalma Chowk, and Model Town.

Talking to reporters on this occasion, DIG (Operations) Haider Ashraf said that the police are put on their toes. “We have taken all possible security measures to thwart the nefarious designs of anti-state elements. Search operations against strangers are underway across the city.”

The DIG also condemned the terror assault on a peaceful community in the port city, and said that the militants cannot shake the confidence of the Pakistani nation by carrying out brutal attacks on soft targets. The basic purpose of the flag march is to create a sense of security among the people. “The message is simple and clear, that the police and security personnel will fight the menace of terrorism till the last drop of blood. We will do everything to protect the lives and properties of the citizens,” Haider Ashraf reiterated.

On the other hand, police commandoes are deployed around important installations, buildings, and religious places as well.

An official said that additional police commandoes are also employed around the prisons located in Lahore while armed patrolling has been intensified in the areas declared as “sensitive” with regard to security situation. Similarly, elite police and Quick Response Force personnel are also deployed around the airport, railways station, bus stand, shrines, and worship places of minorities. The police have also stepped up snap-checking at the entry and exit points of the provincial metropolis.

A police spokesperson said that on the direction of Lahore Capital City Police Officer Muhammad Amin Wains and DIG Operations Haider Ashraf, the police are ordered to intensify search operations, besides observing general hold-ups in Lahore.

Crackdown against suspected persons is also underway while sharp-shooters are deployed on the rooftops of important buildings and key installations. The police are also directed to strictly check the movement of suspected persons at entry and exit points of Lahore. He further said that the security measures are taken in view of terrorism in the country. The spokesman further said that more than 10,000 policemen have been put on high alert in Lahore district alone.

Requesting anonymity, a senior government official said that VVIP’s are asked to restrain their movement. “Heavy police contingents are deployed on the leading roads while armed patrolling has also been intensified in important areas,” he added.