LAHORE – Following the terrorists attack on Kamra Airbase, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has ordered foolproof security arrangements all over the province, including Lahore, to ensure maintenance of law and order on the occasion of Jumatul Wida, Chand Raat and Eidul Fitr.

He directed police authorities to make even more fail-safe security arrangements on these occasions as compared to the rest of the days of Ramzan, so that no untoward incident should take place.  The chief minister said this while presiding over a high level meeting held to review overall law and order situation in the province as well as security arrangements. The meeting was attended by Secretary Home, Commissioner Lahore Division, acting IG Punjab, District Coordination Officer Lahore and concerned officials of law enforcing agencies.

The chief minister directed the police and the administration to chalk out comprehensive security plan and ensure its implement in bazaars and every sensitive places during the last days of the holy month. He said that special arrangements should be made for the security of markets and shopping centers and elite force should be deployed at various markets and shopping centers while patrolling of elite force should also be ensured in this regard.

Shahbaz Sharif directed to depute additional police force for the security of Jumatul Wida and Eid congregations along with ensuring that persons attending these congregations should do so only after thorough checking. He directed concerned police officers to ensure security of Eid congregations through checking by metal detectors and walk-through gates along with making special arrangements for the security of sensitive places.

alert:  The Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue-1122) emergency ambulance, rescue and fire services shall remain on emergency alert during Eid holidays in all districts of Punjab to provide emergency cover to the citizens in case of any emergency. In this regard, special emergency arrangements were reviewed at Provincial Headquarters in a meeting chaired by Dr Rizwan Naseer.

The Provincial Monitoring Cell informed the DG that emergency plans for Eid have been finalized in all districts of Punjab in close coordination with District administrations. All districts have made plans for deployment of emergency ambulances, rescue and fire services at important mosques and Eid Gahs. Rescue mobile posts of emergency paramedics shall also be deployed at important places of mass gatherings.

The district emergency officers have also been directed to organize meetings with local mosque committees to ensure that local volunteers are available in case of any emergency. Meetings with management of hospitals have also been organized for better management of any untoward incident.

The Provincial Monitoring Cell at Rescue-1122 Headquarters shall remain operational round the clock to ensure effective implementation of district emergency plans. District Control Rooms shall also be functional round the clock for provision of effective emergency services to the public and leaves of rescuers have been restricted in this regard.

In Lahore, the Rescue 1122 staff shall remain on special duties in district control room, emergency rescue stations, 24 equipped emergency ambulances, 13 fire vehicles, 04 rescue vehicles and a Disaster Rescue Team. Special mobile posts shall also be established for effectively providing medical cover to the Eid gatherings.