All police stations in the city soon will be linked to a central command, control and communication centre, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Monday.
He was speaking at a meeting to review law and order in the province.
Sharif said that the establishment of the integrated command, control and communication centre would help in maintenance of law and order. He said monitoring of major roads and markets using digital technology would also be undertaken at the later stage of the project. He said similar centres would later be set up in Rawalpindi, Multan, Gujranwala and Faisalabad.
Sharif said the provincial government was committed to protecting the life and property of the citizens. He said measures undertaken against terrorist outfits under the National Action Plan had started bearing fruit.
The chief minister directed officials concerned to ensure foolproof security arrangements for mosques, imambargahs and other worship places in the province. He said, if required, the strength of teams assigned for their security should be increased.
He said the frequency of search operations to track down terrorism suspects hiding in the city should be increased and modern technology used for the purpose. He sought strict implementation of law against publication and distribution of hate literature, use of loudspeaker and wall-chalking. He said provocative speech could not be tolerated and action should be taken against people who were inciting hatred against a certain group or community.
The chief minister further said that there was a need to improve coordination between various government departments.
Major terror bid foiled: Khanzada
The Counter Terrorism Force and intelligence agencies have worked together to foil a major terror bid on the city by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, Home Minister Col (retd) Shuja Khanzada said on Monday.
He was talking to media people about a joint operation conducted in Kala Shah Kaku, late on Sunday night, in which two of the alleged terrorists were arrested and four were killed. He said the operation was conducted on receipt of intelligence under the National Action Plan.
Khanzada said the officials had seized suicide jackets, rocket launchers, and Kalashnikov rifles among a cache of weapons from the terrorists. He said two days ago, the Counter Terrorism Force had also arrested a man suspected of channelling funds to a proscribed organisation.
He said the government was committed to taking swift action against terrorists. “Law enforcement agencies will continue to implement the National Action Plan with commitment and dedication till the menace of terrorism is eliminated entirely.” The minister said that more than 75 terrorists had been arrested in Punjab and their cases had been sent to the courts.
He said the crackdown against terrorists and sectarian militants was going well. He said that 13,802 seminaries and mosques in the province had been registered so far.
Khanzada said that the government was keeping a watchful eye on educational institutions and non-governmental organisations in the light of certain disconcerting intelligence reports. He said the government had also taken action against seven NGOs for involvement in illegal activities.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 30th, 2015.