Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has ordered FIA and PTA to keep an eye on various elements involved with uploading controversial materials on the internet that hurt religious sentiments of certain segments of society.
In a high-level security meeting on Wednesday, he reviewed the security challenges in the country in the wake of recent terrorist attacks. The security of twin cities i.e. Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and Rawalpindi has been heightened.
He also ordered police and administration to increase the surveillance and to employ scientific methods with improved intelligence coordination for ensuring the safety of citizens and their properties.
ICT and Rawalpindi administration has been asked to increase the surveillance of various bus stands and guest houses and hotels. Ch. Nisar also ordered them to keep a close watch over any suspicious movement of the outsiders coming from various parts of the country.
Ch. Nisar ordered the establishment of two separate committees comprising of four-member each in ICT and Rawalpindi. The first one will be dedicated to 24hrs monitoring and surveillance of multiple police check posts with support also to be extended by special branch.
The second committee would monitor combing operations on daily basis with second tier support to be provided by Punjab Rangers for apprehending terrorists, their facilitators or any anti-state elements within the capital city and its adjoining areas.
Under Safe City project in Islamabad, around 1900 security cameras have been installed citywide. The Minister emphasized upon the need for optimum utilization of these cameras and also directed the ICT Police to adopt scientific methods to reduce the inconvenience caused to the public at various check posts and halting points.
Police and Rangers will coordinate in the future to oversee the security of schools, academic institutions and other important building in the twin cities.
After the Sehwan Blast, various dargahs and shrines were closed off, causing quite an uproar in the country. In a bid to not repeat this situation, Ch. Nisar also ordered ICT administration to chalk out a comprehensive security plan for all Dargahs and shrines within three days. He observed that the response to any threat is the provision of greater security rather than the closing of shrines to the public.