Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has directed police and senior officers of law-enforcing agencies to ensure foolproof security arrangements in all districts of the province, especially at sensitive locations on the occasion of the anniversary of the martyrdom of Hazrat Ali(RA) as well as the last ten days of Ramazan-ul-Mubarak. He further directed that special security measures should be adopted at all mosques and Imam Bargahs, alongwith deputing sufficient number of police personnel to ward off possibility of any untoward incident. The Chief Minister also directed police and law-enforcing agencies to keep a vigilant eye on suspicious elements as well as completely check the record of persons staying at different hotels, hostels and guest houses. He directed that a search operation should be launched while suspicious persons should be arrested. He directed the law enforcing agencies should remain fully alert during the last ten days of Ramazan-ul-Mubark and on Youm-e-Shahdat of Hazarat Ali(RA). He directed that security cordons should be formed at four locations on the routes of processions, besides jammers should also be used so that anti-social element could not achieve their nefarious designs.
The Chief Minister directed senior police officers to remain in the field in order to ensure hundred percent implementation of the security plan evolved for the martyrdom day of Hazrat Ali. He directed that no individual should be allowed to join in the processions, without thorough checking. He directed that besides deployment of heavy police force, walk-through gates should also be set up for checking. He directed that metal detectors should be utilized besides entire route of the procession should be monitored through CCTV cameras. The Chief Minister further directed that police, administration and ulema, with mutual consultation, should ensure strict implementation of the timings of the processions besides making necessary arrangements for generators, streetlights and sanitation on the routes of the processions. Chief Minister also ordered that proper arrangements for the Iftari of the officials of law-enforcing agencies, performing their duties, should also be ensured.