The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has directed the police to beef up security of foreigners including Chinese officials working in the province.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Moazzam Jah Ansari presided over a high-level video link conference at the Central Police Office (CPO) Peshawar, in which regional police officers (RPOs) and district police officers (DPOs) from across the province gave a briefing about the overall law and order situation in their respective regions and progress with regards to terrorism and other serious cases.
The police officers also gave detailed briefings on operations against highly wanted suspects, measures taken against drug dealers and land grabbers.
The police chief directed the participants of the conference to take action in the face of changing circumstances by adopting a systematic plan and strategy against terrorism.
He also urged on the police to take effective steps based on intelligence by establishing close liaison with other security agencies.
The participants were also instructed to take action against the suspects involved in criminal incidents. They were asked to conduct raids on wanted suspects with an integrated strategy.
The IGP directed the participants to send a report on operations against terrorists and wanted criminals to the CPO office on a daily basis.
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The police were also ordered to ensure foolproof security to foreigners working on various projects across the province, especially foreigners working on CPEC-related schemes.
The IGP made it clear that no compromise would be made on the security of foreigners involved in implementing the country's development and prosperity plans. He advised the police command to make full use of modern equipment and drone cameras to provide security to foreigners.
IG Ansari also directed to make teams set up against drug dealers across the province more effective and efficient and to rid the province of the menace of drugs at all costs.
He added that the journey from terrorism to tourism in the province was progressing very successfully, a clear proof of which was the mass influx of citizens to the tourist destinations on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha.
The IGP directed senior police officials of Hazara and Malakand to adopt proactive policing to help boost tourism in their respective regions.
The IGP also directed the senior police officials to go out in the field themselves and monitor the police personnel engaged in maintaining law and order.
Ansari clarified that effective measures would be taken at all costs to ensure the safety of lives and property of the people and against terrorists and elements involved in heinous incidents.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 31st, 2021.
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