LAHORE – The law and order meeting to review the crime and security situation in Punjab will be held at the Central Police Office (CPO) on Tuesday (today), official sources said on Monday.

Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Muhammad Habib-ur-Rehman will preside over the meeting and all the regional police officers (RPOs) and district police officers (DPOs) serving in the province will attend it. Sources said the RPOs would brief the IGP about the law and order situation in their respective districts. They would also highlight the special tasks and steps taken to reduce the crime rate in the province.

Sources further said the DPOs would present records of high-profile cases of crimes and terrorism during the meeting; while incidents of heinous crimes that took place in the province during the last month would also be discussed in detail. The police officers have also been directed to brief the meeting about the high-profile and heinous crimes cases that are still under investigation.

According to officials, the police officers are likely to approve a new strategy for ensuring sectarian harmony among different schools of thoughts, with the help of religious scholars and leaders, and they would also be assigned special tasks in this regard.

Also, Punjab IGP Muhammad Habib-ur-Rehman said on Monday that there was a dire need to improve contacts between the police and the public for controlling crimes and defeating terrorism.

According to an official handout, the provincial police chief stated this while addressing an open court held at the Government College Deena in Jhelum on Monday. “It is the social responsibility of the people to extend full cooperation to the police, so that crimes and terrorism could be eliminated from the province,” he stressed.

According to a police spokesperson, the IGP also presided over a high-level meeting held at the office of the Jhelum district police officer (DPO) to review the crimes and law and order situation. Rawalpindi RPO Capt (r) Zubair Ahmed and the DPOs of Chakwal, Attock and Jhelum districts were also present on this occasion.

The IGP said under the pro-active policing strategy, the police were actively chasing the criminals and special police teams were on high alert to hunt them down round-the-clock. Besides the arrests of scores of hardened criminals and proclaimed offenders, more than 200 of the latter carrying huge head money had been eliminated, he claimed. The IGP appealed to the people to remain vigilant and carefully monitor the activities of unknown and suspicious elements in their respective areas.

, besides cooperating with the police like the people of western countries and civilised nations do.