Countering terrorism: Police discuss crackdown on terror facilitators, criminals

At least 50 suspects arrested in search operations on Sunday


Our Correspondent September 18, 2016
A police team checked identification documents of people and arrested at least 50 suspects. PHOTO: ONLINE

LAHORE: Senior officials of the city police met at the Qila Gujjar Singh Police Lines on Sunday to map out a crackdown on facilitators of militants, drug dealers, illicit weapon dealers, land grabbers and sponsors of gambling dens.

Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Amin Wains presided over the meeting. Operations DIG Dr Haider Ashraf, Investigation DIG Chaudhry Sultan, Operations SSP Muntazir Mehdi, Investigation SSP Hassan Sukhera and divisional police superintendents attended the meeting.

The CCPO asked the divisional police chiefs to prepare lists of facilitators of terrorists, drug dealers, weapon dealers, land grabbers and all kinds of criminals and supervise action against them. He told the police officials to carry out raids at actual targets and not to harass neighbours.

The CCPO directed the investigation wing to expedite investigations into various cases and make sure that criminals were punished according to the law. He vowed to take action against influential people dealing in drugs. He said that police officials patronising or facilitating crimes would be identified during the crackdown. He said that he would make an example of such officials.

Wains said that special teams had been formed at the Organised Crime Cell, division level, DIGs’ offices and CCPO’s office to monitor the crackdown and ensure transparency. He said that Police Department had formed a special force to collect intelligence about the facilitators of militants. He said the force would coordinate with various intelligence agencies.

Separately, the Operations Wing of the Lahore Police held a meeting at the office of the Model Town Operations SP to discuss the use of information technology and newly-established Ops Rooms to counter crimes. Operations DIG Dr Haider Ashraf chaired the meeting. Operations SSP, Headquarters SP, Security SP and all divisional SPs attended the meeting.

Ashraf asked divisional SPs to hold meetings with members of peace committees and prepare a security plan for Muharram. He said that Ops Rooms at police stations would facilitate people and improve police officials’ performance. He said that police officials must use this facility to improve their performance. He said that all police official should use the biometric attendance system. He said the force must immediately respond to calls at 15 or messages at 8787 or 8330. He said that divisional SPs must make sure that all hotels in their areas were registered through the Hotel Eye software and they were updating the records of their guests regularly. He said that crime hotspots should be identified using the Crime Maps desk at the Ops Rooms. He said that police should increase patrolling to control crime. He said that only front desks at police stations should receive complaints and assign those to officials. He said that no police official should interfere in front desks’ work.

Separately, a police team carried out search operations in various areas of the city. They checked identification documents of people and arrested at least 50 suspects. Iqbal Town SP Adil Memon led the police team, which conducted the search operations. SHOs of Iqbal Town, Wahdat Colony, Shera Kot, Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Muslim Town, Iqbal Town, Gulshan-i-Ravi and Samanabad checked documents of 425 people.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 19th, 2016.

COMMENTS (1)

nadeem dar | 4 years ago | Reply The CCPO directed the investigation wing to expedite investigations into various cases and make sure that criminals were punished according to the law. He vowed to take action against influential people dealing in drugs. He said that police officials patronising or facilitating crimes would be identified during the crackdown. He said that he would make an example of such officials. ( The influential and criminal take a simple stay order on fake documents and do a surgical operations in which the police does not take any action against criminals by saying " your matter is in the court " " get your directives from the court " ) The stay order issuance should not be given blindly by the courts. This needs to be addressed both at Judiciary and at police level. The police is zeroised by such fake stay orders.
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