ISLAMABAD: As part of effective policing measures and to be vigilant against criminal elements, the Islamabad and Rawalpindi police have established joint pickets in various areas of the twin cities.
These pickets have been set up as per a comprehensive security plan for the twin cities, which was chalked out following the directives of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.
The purpose of this plan is to ensure protection to the lives and property of citizens.
A meeting of police officials of the twin cities and officials of the Pakistan Rangers was held at Central Police Office, Islamabad, chaired by AIG (Operations) Sultan Azam Temuri and attended among others by Islamabad SSP Muhammad Rizwan, Rawalpindi SSP (Operations) Muhammad Maqbool and DSP (Headquarters) Mirza Tahir Sikandar.
The meeting finalised the security arrangements for the twin cites and agreed to establish joint police pickets at Faizabad and Murree Road in the first phase.
Muhammad Maqbool and SP Industrial Area Muhammad Hassan themselves gave a briefing to the policemen deputed at these police pickets and directed them to ensure high vigilance.
Following the security plan, rapid response force of the Pakistan Rangers would be deputed in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, which would approach the site in case of any untoward incident.
It has also been decided to devise a joint patrolling mechanism for both the cities, and officers in shifts would patrol in various areas.
According to the plan, crackdown on dacoits, car-lifting gangs and proclaimed offenders would be ensured, and criminals wanted to police of any district would be transferred to the respective police station after their arrest.
The meeting decided that security cameras would be installed at toll plazas of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. It was also decided that SPs and in-charges of police stations at the border of both the cities would hold meetings on a weekly basis and share information regarding success against criminal elements.
It was also decided that senior officials of Islamabad and Rawalpindi police and Rangers would conduct follow-up meeting on a monthly basis, while the AIG (Special Branch) of Islamabad and the SSP (Special Branch) of Rawalpindi, being the member of the threat assessment committee, would share information about threat messages received.
Mock exercises would also be conducted jointly to counter any untoward situation and flaws would be removed after reviewing the performance of participating police officials.
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