LAHORE - Lahore DIG (Operations) Dr Haider Ashraf has asked the schools’ administration to ensure proper security arrangements as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) before reopening the educational institutions on January 12.

The operations police chief stated this while presiding over a meeting held at his office to review the security of educational institutions on Thursday. A police spokesperson said that SP (Security), SP Headquarters, and all the divisional police officers were also present in this meeting.

The police are reviewing the security arrangements at the schools, which are divided into three categories – A+, A, B for security purposes. The management of all the private and public schools is bound to take security measurers as per the SOP lay down for the security of educational institutions.

According to the SOP, there should be complete boundary wall for every school in addition to metal detectors, security guard, security barriers, walkthrough gates, and evacuation point.

The police are directed to tighten the security around private and public educational institutions and intensify armed patrolling from Monday. All the station house officers (SHOs) are strictly directed to visit the schools located in their respective areas and finalize the security arrangements in consultation with the schools management.

The provincial government had extended the reopening of all the private and public schools from January 5 to 12 amid terror threats. Following the deadliest terror assault on army-run public school ion Peshawar, all the educational institutions were closed down.