Obstruct miscreants way indispensable for peoples safety: IGP

LAHORE: Sensing its responsibility, the government has directed the security agencies to place containers and barriers in vulnerable areas of Punjab just to foil nefarious designs of miscreants attempting to shatter the public and state peace.

Talking to reporter here Sunday, the Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhaira said the government was very much concerned about security of the people, and public and private property that is why foolproof arrangements have made to uphold the peace and maintain law and order.

To a question, the IGP said that security agencies have no other option but to take preemptive measures to avoid any untoward incident by keeping a proper vigil on the suspicious activities of the miscreants and PAT’s revolutionary workers ransacking and torching the police stations, other public installations and vehicles. The angry and aggressive workers of Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT), he added, are senselessly taking the state law into their hands and resorting to man-handling of the police men.

Quoting the ransacking and torching of police installations in Bhera, Khushab, Quaidabad and other areas of Punjab, the IGP said that such unfortunate incidents are happened for the first time in Pakistan’s history, which compelled the police force and other law enforcement agencies to take stringent measures not to disturb the peaceful citizens but to control the anti-state elements from taking hostage the policemen or damaging the public and private belongings.

To a query, he said, “We are aware of the public inconvenience due to security measures for which we regret from the people,” adding that these measures are meant to protect millions of people the

province. The PAT workers equipped with clubs, stones and other harmful/sharp tools, he said, proved the fact that they wanted to create state within state through aggression and unlawful acts.

“However, we are fully prepared to cope with any unwanted situation and to foil nefarious designs of the PAT workers in the garb of revolution,” he resolved.

To another question, the IGP clarified that last night, the law enforcement agencies have removed the containers and barriers to bring inter-city traffic flow back to routine, but stubbornness by the PAT

to hold Youm-e-Shuhda, and possible terrorist activity in the province has compelled the security forces to put the barriers again today (Sunday) in the larger interest of public safety.

To a query, the IGP ruled out the reports about restricting the entry of vehicles including ambulances, wedding-vehicles and other commuters into Punjab metropolis, asserting that the police personnel have been directed to allow these vehicles to Lahore.

He added that containers and barriers would be removed immediately after the conclusion of the PAT Youm-e-Shuhada gathering here at Minhaj-ul-Quran Secretariat, Model Town.