Punjab Police: Elite Force to withdraw from guard duty

Published: July 20, 2012
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Almost 900 personnel of the Elite Forces have been reassigned to serve at sensitive locations.

Almost 900 personnel of the Elite Forces have been reassigned to serve at sensitive locations.

LAHORE: 

The Punjab Police has decided to withdraw all Elite Force officials from security and non-operational duties all over the province, said a press release issued on Thursday.

As of April, 826 personnel of the Elite Force, out of its total strength of 974 in Lahore, were on security duty with VVIPs, according to a Lahore Police official.

Policemen serving as guards for private persons and institutions have also been directed to report back to the Police Department. These decisions were made at a meeting chaired by Inspector General Habibur Rehman at the Central Police Office on Thursday.

The police hierarchy decided that 2,000 officials from Battalion 8 of the Punjab Constabulary would replace the Elite Force men withdrawn from security duty. The individuals and institutions being protected by policemen would be asked to hire private security guards.

They decided that at least 8,000 additional policemen would be deployed around mosques and installations in sensitive areas during seher and tarawi timings in Ramazan.

It was also decided that the police would maintain a record of private schools, rental buildings, hotels, hostels, real estate agents and rent-a-car services. Hostels and hotels will not be allowed to offer a room to a customer without getting a copy of their ID card.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 20th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Baba Ji
    Jul 20, 2012 - 7:22AM

    Good step for a change … I am sure there must be a catch to it too !!!

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Jul 20, 2012 - 9:50AM

    Then who shall protect the VVIPs now and how the VVIPs shall travel in Pakistan without security guards?Because now-a-days this has been our leaders’ main/pivotal objective to appoint the police officials as the security guards on them………

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  • Hasnain
    Jul 20, 2012 - 12:57PM

    A good move indeed….

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  • Captain Omer
    Jul 20, 2012 - 2:57PM

    Wonderful

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  • Adeel
    Jul 20, 2012 - 4:35PM

    SINDH should follow suit

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  • Aamir, Toronto
    Jul 20, 2012 - 9:14PM

    @Ahmer Ali

    All these so called “VVIP – very very inferior person” opted to become VVIP by their own choice; if they are so afraid of dying then they should hire private security guards at their own expense, why people of Pakistan’s tax money is being spent to protect these leeches.

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  • Aug 10, 2012 - 4:43PM

    very good
    i love elite force

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