LAHORE – Capital City Policy Officer (CCPO) Muhammad Aslam Tareen on Saturday paid a surprise visit to Dharampura Anti-Terrorism Court for reviewing security arrangements.

Tareen also held a meeting with presiding officers of four Anti-Terrorism Courts – Muhammad Rafique, Abdul Rehman, Irfan Saeed and Asif Majeed Awan – to discuss security matters and the law and order situation.

The CCPO inspected the Bakhshi Khana, car parking and bunkers, besides checking the gate room, guard room and judicial guards, as well as the Special Branch staff deputed there. Tareen directed the presiding officers to get the out-of-order CCTV cameras repaired at the earliest and provide separate metal detectors for the female staff.

He also directed that Home Department be approached for the provision of generator so as to ensure uninterrupted power supply to CCTV cameras and walkthrough gates. Anti-Terrorism Courts Focal Person SP Ijaz Gillani, SP Shahid Mehmood, DSP Nazar Abbas and Mustafabad SHO Sub-Inspector Mumtaz Kakar also accompanied the CCPO during the visit.

RESCUE 1122 PERFORMANCE REVIEW: Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) Director General Dr Rizwan Naseer carried out a performance review of emergency operations in all districts of Punjab to ensure uniform standard of the service on Saturday.

The Service rescued more than 40,700 victims of emergencies during 39,163 rescue operations in August while maintaining its average response time. The emergency calls to which Rescue 1122 responded included 18,036 related to road traffic accidents; 25,076 to medical emergencies; 768 to fire incidents; 110 to building collapse incidents; 2,264 to crime; 207 to drowning incidents; 188 to special rescue operations; and 28 to explosions.

The 39,163 rescue operations in August included 7,172 rescue operations in Lahore; 4,235 in Faisalabad; 2,995 in Multan; 2,705 in Gujranwala; 1,417 in Bahawalpur; 1,147 in Rawalpindi; 1,324 in Dera Ghazi Khan; 1,264 in Sargodha; 792 in Rahim Yar Khan; 1,544 in Sahiwal; 970 in Sialkot; 474 in Murree; 1,246 in Jhang; 505 in Toba Tek Singh; 575 in Muzaffargarh; 523 in Rajanpur; 454 in Mianwali; 653 in Pakpattan; 668 in Kasur; 472 in Gujrat; 630 in Bahawalnagar; 341 in Jhelum; 660 in Attock; 669 in Khanewal; 451 in Vehari; 323 in Chakwal; 613 in Okara; 467 in Hafizabad; 853 in Sheikhupura; 672 in Lodhran; 336 in Nankana Sahib; 415 in Khushab; 346 in Mandi Bahauddin; 491 in Narowal; 283 in Layyah; and 478 in Bhakkar.

The Rescue 1122 director general stressed district emergency officers to evolve a strategy for managing the increasing number of emergencies because of increased traffic load. He requested bystanders to call only in case of major accidents and critical emergencies, so that misuse of emergency resources could be prevented.

 He also requested citizens to avoid calling 1122 in case of minor illnesses, so that genuine emergency victims could be provided with swift emergency services.