LAHORE The lack of coordination between Capital City Police Officer Muhammad Aslam Tareen and Deputy Inspector General Operations Rao Sardar is hampering counter-terrorism efforts of the law-enforcing agencies, impeccable sources in the police department informed The Nation on Tuesday. The sources further said that the capital city police had conducted more than 100 search operations across the Punjab capital during the last two years with no important terror arrest so far. The sources termed the search operations as futile exercise, stating that ineffective planning, lack of interest of lower subordinates, non-serious attitude of senior police officers and bad methods applied during door-to-door search operations caused the failure to produce encouraging results. After each major terror strike in Lahore or any other part of the country, the police kick off a high-level search operation from late night to pre-dawn but at the end they catch a few persons involved in social crimes like drug peddlers or having illicit relations with opposite sex. Frankly speaking, its totally failed and futile exercise that we have been doing. We could not arrest even a single major terrorist though we have crossed the figure of 100 search operations this month, a senior police officer said on the condition of anonymity. The officer further disclosed that the exercise was merely an eye-wash for the public and those sitting at the helm of affairs. Terrorists are not waiting for the police to carry out search operation and nab them. We need modern and well-equipped policing in this regard, said a retired police officer who served as Crimes Investigations Agency SP in the City for more than three years. He was of the view that such exercises helped top cops remained in the good book of top provincial hierarchy, no matter their counter-terror performance remained zero. According to insiders, all such options are providing good opportunities to the cops to mint money in the name of search and checking of identity documents besides pressuring the innocent civilians to grab money. They said that during the last two years, the city police carried out search operations in most of the densely populated area and poor localities. No extensive search operation was carried out in the posh localities like Model Town, Defense and Gulberg. However, most of the search operations were carried out in areas like Walled City, Kot Lakhpat, Township, Shalimar, Baghbanpura, Mughalpura, Ravi Road, Iqbal Town, Sabzazar, Chung, Raiwind and Manga Mandi. They also observed that the police also collect data on rented houses, hotels and apartments situated in the densely populated vicinities after they get some inputs from intelligence agencies or informers about the presence of suspects, criminals and drug pushers in the area. However, no major terror arrest has ever been made in such search operations, it was further said. Another police officers claimed top police officers declare a state of high-alert in anticipation of possible terror attacks in Lahore and adjoining areas in response to intelligence agencies reports, triggering extensive search operations in the follow up. Heavy police contingents, comprising hundreds of personnel, are involved in such operations to carry out door-to-door search and to collect information about the residents, he added. But the police always return empty-handed after harassing innocent citizens, he added. What kind of policing is this? You forcibly enter the residences during night hours when all the family members are asleep. Then you say, nothing found so we are going back, said Muhammad Ahmed, a resident of Mughalpura who became victim of such so-called search operation two months ago. Interestingly, a couple of week ago, Defence-A and Lower Mall Police postponed search operations in their respective jurisdictions due to differences among the lower sub-ordinates. The top cops had ordered extensive search operations in the provincial capital in order to nab suspected terrorists but Defence-A and Lower Mall Police even failed to start such exercise after the lower subordinates of the two police stations refused to take part in this futile exercise. The police sources claimed that the Defence-A police station postponed the search operation whereas another search operation was carried out at the Lower Mall in which only four constables and two upper subordinates participated and finished the exercise after searching only five hotels in Data Darbar area. When contacted, a station house officer that they had cancelled the search operations because of shortage of staff he admitted that the search operations had become a futile exercise in order to track down terrorists. When contacted repeatedly for their comments, the CCPO and the DIG Operation were not available.