Islamabad - As part of the security measures after December 16 Peshawar incident, the capital police have enrolled around 3,000 citizens as members of security and vigilance committees across the capital who would promptly report to police any suspicious activity in their area through a mechanised process using cellular SMS service.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad Tahir Alam Khan told this to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan during a meeting. He said that as part of involving the public in helping the police regarding information concerning any suspected activity, this system would start working from today (Thursday) and the members of these committees have already been given comprehensive briefings about their task and their number would further increase in the coming days.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Wednesday called a meeting of all the officers of district administration and ICT police here in Punjab House. While addressing the participants, the minister said that the meeting was called in order to sensitise all the officers of police and administration about the high-level of threat in the prevailing situation so that they should further shore up the security measures to ensure maximum protection for the citizens of the Islamabad.

The minister further said that it was high time that the administration and police, in close collaboration with the public, should gear up with full force to ensure that an active and intelligent security deployment apparatus was put in place which, while securing the city from any untoward incident, should not create hurdles for the citizens. Chief Commissioner and the IGP Islamabad were specifically directed to personally supervise the performance of their subordinate officers for remaining vigilant in their respective areas round the clock and no laxity should be tolerated in this regard.