IGP issues more guidelines for polls security in Punjab
By Faisal Ali Ghumman
LAHORE: The provincial police chief, in his second video link interaction with the senior police field formation on Friday, took a bird’s eye view of the elections-related security measures and so far police preparedness.
IG Punjab Dr Syed Kaleem Imam, who was addressing the Regional Police Officers (RPOs) and other senior officers at the Central Police Office, issued necessary guidelines to his subordinates to ensure elections’ code of conduct.
Kaleem made it clear that no individual would be allowed to keep a private armed gunman with him without seeking prior approval from the district intelligence committee and there would be no delay in taking action against those who are found responsible for this.
“If any candidate needs to keep a gunman with him he requires approval from the district intelligence committee. After the approval from the committee a gunman of fair character attested by the respective police station may be kept.”
The IG directed his officers to utilize all available resources for security of more than 6,000 sensitive polling stations and deploy the Elite Force with patrolling of commandos.
Efficient patrolling system of Dolphin, PERU and other forces should be ensured in busy areas of election activity.
The IG also instructed to ensure best coordination with officials of other relevant departments, directing the RPOs to ensure effective security of women polling stations by recruiting required number of women professionals in special force.
He further said during the election campaign, ban on wall chalking, and ban on broadcast and publication of hate material should be ensured.
“Effective implementation of amplifier act and tenant registration should also be ensured, he said. Proper logistic arrangement should be done for the personnel deployed on election duty in other districts of the province.”
The system of intelligence should be made effective with the help of relevant DPOs and district security branch. Seniors officers should ensure daily visits of police stations in order to monitor their professional working. Strict checking should be ensured at the provincial check-posts.
Additional IG Elite Shahid Hanif, Additional IG Special Branch Farooq Mazhar Additional IG CTD Rai Tahir and DIG Operations Sajjad Hassan Manj were present in the meeting while all the regional police officers attended via video link.
Chief Sectary calls on IGP
Chief Secretary Punjab Akbar Hussain Durrani called on IGP Dr Syed Kaleem Imam at the Central Police Office. During meeting, he paid homage to the police martyrs.
Addressing the senior police officers, the Chief Secretary said to conduct transparent elections is the preference of the caretaker government for which all civil and police officers should perform their duties and utilize all their potential to maintain law and order during election.
He said the transfers and postings on huge scale in civil and police departments have been done across Punjab in order to make process of election impartial. IG Imam vowed that Punjab police is completely alert to conduct transparent election in the province peacefully also implementation of election code of conduct issued by EC will be ensured at any cost.
He moreover said comprehensive strategies are being devised under supervision of RPOs and DPOs in order to provide security during election campaigns, processions and at polling day.
He said display of weapons and aerial firing during election congregations, corner meetings and scaremongers in public would be dealt strictly while officers who commit negligence or mistake in this regard will not be spared.
In the beginning of the session, Fateha Khawani was offered for martyrs of police while in the end the IG Punjab presented souvenir to Chief Secretary from Punjab Police.
Rear Admiral Naveed
calls on Kaleem Imam
Rear Admiral Naveed Ahmed Rizvi called on IG Syed Kaleem Imam and congratulated latter for assuming the charge as IG Punjab Police.
During the meeting, security situation and areas of common interest were discussed and it was decided to increase professional cooperation between Pak Navy and Punjab Police. At the end of the meeting, IG Punjab and Rear Admiral exchanged souvenirs.