By Uzma Zafar
ISLAMABAD: IGP Islamabad Muhammad Aamir Zulfiqar Khan Monday directed Capital Cops to ensure comprehensive security arrangements in the Capital on eve of Eid-ul-Azha and to ensure implementation on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to contain the spread of coronavirus.
He issued the directions while chairing a meeting held here to finalize security arrangements for Eid-ul-Azha. The meeting was attended among others by DIG Operations Waqar-ud-Din Syed, DG Safe City Sarfaraz Ahmed Falki, DIG Headquarters Muhammad Saleem, AIG Special Branch, AIG Operations, SSP Security, SSP Headquarters, SSP Traffic, SSP Counter Terrorism Department, Additional SP and Zonal SPs.
The IGP asked DIG Operations Waqar-ud-Din Syed to devise elaborate security plan and monitor all arrangements himself in this regard. He asked to ensure implementation on SOPs issued by the government for business activities at markets, shopping centers, public places and cattle markets. He further asked SSP Traffic to deploy policemen at various places to ensure smooth flow of traffic.
All police officials have been directed to remain on high alert and fully prepared to avert any untoward situation during Eid days. He asked to ensure social distancing and use of masks at religious gatherings on Eid day and also at cattle markets. Aamir Zulfiqar Khan asked all police officials to assign security duties in this connection at Masjid and Imambargahs. The Bomb Disposal Squad would conduct checking of various areas and parking will not be allowed near worship places or congregation.
Police officials were asked to ensure implementation on SOPs issued by the government for business activities in markets during ongoing COVID-19 phase. The IGP said that special deployment should be made at Faisal Mosque on Eid day. He said that awareness campaign should be initiated for those people visiting their hometowns so that they may leave for their destination after ensuring proper security arrangements at their homes. Special patrolling should be chalked out following which vehicles of police stations, Falcon and Bravo vehicles should patrol in their respective areas while additional vehicles and Reserve Force to be provided to each police station for success of patrolling plan. IGP Muhammad Aamir Zulfiqar Khan asked DG Safe City to ensure high vigilance in the city through safe city cameras. AIG Special Branch was asked to ensure installment of walk through gates at Masajid, Imambargahs and other venues of religious congregations. He said that no laxity would be tolerated in case of any lapse in security arrangements.
The Zonal SPs were asked to ensure effective security in their respective areas while SSP Traffic was assigned task for traffic plan to ensure smooth flow of traffic. DIG Headquarters was asked to ensure logistic support to all divisions in connection with security on Eid-ul-Azha. He said that section 144 has been imposed by district administration on some organizations to check collection of hides of sacrificial animals during Eid by district administration. Strict action should be taken against those found involved in such activities despite ban, the IGP added.