ISLAMABAD -  Security at all places of worship including churches has been beefed up across the country after the Quetta blast on Sunday with the direction to keep a close eye on suspicious movement of people.

According to reports gathered from across the country, the Inspectors General Police of all the four provinces, GB and AJK have issued instructions to ensure full security at Churches and other places of worships.

The police in the provinces have been told that the terrorists could target the gatherings on the eve of Christmas.

CCPO Lahore Captain (Retd) Amin Wains has confirmed declaring of security high alert in the City. He has issued directions to all the SPs to visit the places of public recreational personally and has also directed security high alert at all the churches of the cities.

The DIG Operations Dr. Haider Ashraf has also issued directives to the Dolphin Force and personnel of PRU to ensure effective patrolling.

Faisalabad police has informed that police personnel at all entry and exit routes to and from the City are put on high alert while security of church-goers would also be ensured.

The security is also been further beefed up at all public places, government buildings, and important places of Lahore and Islamabad.

Meanwhile, DIG Sindh A G Khawaja has also issued directive to make the overall security fool-proof.

He has issued directive to make concrete and extraordinary security arrangements at all important places, sensitive installations, important office buildings, and public places all across the province.

IG Khawaja has also directed to further speed up intelligence based actions against the criminals and crimes in all the districts of Sindh and to make random snap checking, police patrolling and other security works be more coordinated and effective. He has also directed to further beef up all the security measures in all police ranges and at all district and zonal levels.

In Peshawar, which is a very sensitive City, patrolling has been increased while the intelligence officials have been asked to remain alert.

Reports from Gilgit and Muzaffarabad said that the police heads have directed all the senior officials under their command to ensure high alert at religious places and places of people’s gatherings.