IGP orders intensifying crackdown on POs, other criminals


Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Dr. Usman Anwar on Saturday ordered for intensifying crackdown on proclaimed offenders (POs) and other hardened criminals in all districts of the province as well as the provincial capital.

Presiding over a meeting at the CCPO office here, he stresses cancellation of computerised national identity cards (CNICs) of POs, through close coordination with the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

Dr. Usman Anwar said that the passports of POs, who were absconding abroad, should also be canceled with close contact with the plaintiffs of the FIR, and measures should be taken to arrest them with the help of the FIA and Interpol.

Dr Usman Anwar said all available resources should be used for security of the PSL matches at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore and the best arrangements should be made for the security of players, match officials and cricket fans coming for the PSL matches.

The IGP said that crackdown on drug-peddlers in the vicinity of all major educational institutions and hostels should be expedited and operations against drug-peddlers should be conducted in the vicinity of educational institutions on a daily basis. The IGP said that the regional police officers (RPOs) and district police officer (DPOs) should personally monitor the combing operations to eliminate the scourge of drugs, especially ice (crystalline meth).

The IGP also directed for initiating the process of recruitment of children of martyrs of Lahore police. He said that children of all police personnel, who died during service, should also be given priority during recruitment.

He directed that special focus should be put on cases of rape, disappearance and kidnapping of children. “I will get update after every 15 days,” he added. He said all pending case of 2022 should be completed and disposed of in one month.