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IGP orders ‘clean-up’ operation against terrorists

LAHORE / DERA GHAZI KHAN: Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Amir Zulfiqar Khan has ordered a clean-up operation against terrorists and other criminals engaged in assaults on police checkpoints around the province.

He was having a meeting at the headquarters of the Dera Ghazi Khan regional police officer (RPO) after a head constable was killed in an attack on a checkpoint in Taunsa on Saturday.

There were also additional IGs from South Punjab, Special Branch, Counter Terrorism Department, Punjab Operations, DG Khan DPO, and other officers present.

The IGP authorized RPO to expand the number of officers at police checkpoints around borders and to employ skilled snipers outfitted with cutting-edge technology.

The IGP directed the DIG Admin and Establishment of South Punjab, Muhammad Saleem, to provide a full inquiry report on the Taunsa attack to the Central Police Office within 24 hours. He directed that the extra IG (south) personally oversee activities in critical locations such as Katcha.

He commanded that greater resources, new weaponry, and extra staff be handed to police units in order to combat anti-social groups.

He also stated that the Punjab police should increase cooperation and information sharing with the police in Sindh and Balochistan regarding criminal movements.

Earlier, the IGP paid respect to the departed soul at the funeral of killed Head-Constable Mazhar Iqbal at the Police Lines, DG Khan.

He described the police officers who chose martyrdom as “true gems of the department and heroes of the nation,” and vowed a welfare package for their families. He also went to Multan’s Nishtar Hospital to check on a police official, Mohammad Ramzan, who was hurt in the Taunsa incident.

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