SAMBRIAL - As part of the National Action Plan (NAP) to curb terrorism and hunt down terrorists, the Punjab government promulgated two ordinances — one about security of all kinds of vulnerable establishments, including educational institutions, and another for keeping record of tenants and temporary residents in hotels, guest houses or hostels.

Talking to this scribe, newly-posted Sialkot DPO Dr Shahzad Asif said that the Punjab Information of Temporary Residents Ordinance made it mandatory for a property dealer, landlord and a tenant to inform police about the tenant within 48 hours from the time of the delivery and possession of the rented premises through the fastest means of communication.  The owner or manager (of a hotel, rest house or hostel) was required to inform police about the guest within three hours from the time of his or her arrival or check in, he added.

He further said that “it makes it obligatory for the landlord, manager and property dealer to ensure that the tenant or guest does not possess or carry any unlicenced firearm or explosives, keep a record of the licenced weapons and convey the information to police.”

“Punishment for violation of the law include up to six-month imprisonment and a fine from Rs10,000 to Rs100,000. The offence is cognisable and non-bailable,” he warned.

When asked about the security of sambrial Dry port and Airport, The DPO said that due to the sensitively of both the sites, security arrangements had been enhanced and improved.

He declared that the police had been striving had to ensue foolproof security. He said that a number of steps had been taken to avert any terror act. He said that effective strategy had been formulated to meet any eventuality.