PESHAWAR: With a lockdown in effect in the province, imposed to control the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the chief minister on Monday used technologies such as drones and ‘vehicle streaming’ to review the implementation of orders in the provincial capital.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on Monday visited the central police office in Peshawar. There he reviewed the drone surveillance and vehicle streaming systems put in place to review the lockdown situation and the implementation of social distancing measures at various places of the province.
Through the vehicle streaming system, the chief minister spoke to police officers deputed at various points across the city to obtain real-time information about the situation.
Mahmood appreciated the efforts of the provincial police force for putting in place a sophisticated surveillance system. He termed it a good initiative to cater to the requirements of modern policing.
The chief minister was briefed about various aspects of the drone surveillance and vehicle streaming system and its utility in the prevailing situation.
Mahmood also addressed all the regional police officers across the province through a video link and appreciated their role in the government’s struggle to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Earlier, while presenting appointment letters to heirs of police martyrs, Mahmood appreciated the provincial police force for setting unprecedented examples of sacrifices in the war against terrorism and now in the fight against Covid-19.
He said that the provincial government has already approved the appointment of heirs of 196 police martyrs as assistant sub-inspectors in the provincial police department.
The K-P police have shown outstanding performance in difficult circumstances, he said, adding that personnel in every rank have laid down their precious lives to protect the lives and properties of fellow citizens.
The chief minister said the provincial government will extend all kinds of support to families of police martyrs.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 21st, 2020.