LAHORE – Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Muhammad Habib-ur-Rehman said on Saturday that, in the wake of recent terror attacks, the police had been directed to remain on their toes across the province.

“The field officers have been asked to constitute special police teams for ensuring round-the-clock patrolling in their respective areas, while the officers of SP-rank have been directed to personally supervise police patrolling in their jurisdiction,” he added.  According to an official handout issued on Saturday, the provincial police chief stated this while presiding over a high-level meeting held at the Police Club Rawalpindi. After Gujrat, the IGP visited Rawalpindi to review the security situation and law and order arrangements.

Habib directed the police officers to focus on preventive policing for thwarting any possible act of terrorism in the future. He also stressed that proper and effective armed patrolling around all government installations, important buildings, religious places, parks, public place, bazaars and commercial markets be ensured. “The police have also been directed to step up armed patrolling around police posts to keep a vigilant eye on the activities of miscreants,” the handout said.

The IGP directed the police to intensify snap-checking at important points for checking the movement of miscreants; however, the police have been asked not to create unnecessary trouble for the public and behave politely with them during search or snap-checking. The police have also been asked to seek help from the local agencies and keep liaison with them.