ISLAMABAD: The Rapid Response Force, comprising Rangers and police personnel, would start patrolling the city from Tuesday (today), in an effort to check rising crime and curb terrorism more effectively.
Islamabad has been divided into 13 zones for the purpose where the Rangers and police will patrol round the clock. The force is also empowered to conduct specific operations targeting terrorists as well as criminals.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar told officials to publicise in the media that any law and order related complaints by the public would be promptly responded at police emergency telephone number 15. A joint control room has been established for surveillance and monitoring of the patrolling vehicles as well as reinforcing the force.
The minister said that effective measures should be taken for securing the Red Zone. He said the police staff deployed at sensitive locations should be visible to the public rather than sitting in their offices. He said mock exercises regarding the security of important places in Islamabad be conducted. He said that check-posts in Islamabad should be strengthened to improve the snap checking by police at the entry and exit points.
He said special focus should be laid on the training of police personnel. He directed all the SPs to initiate security audit of their respective areas and present report within three days, with special focus on Bari Imam and Margalla Hills. He said the ongoing survey of katchi abadis be accelerated. He asked the district administration to take measures against professional beggars, while sending the genuine beggars to the welfare institutions.
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