PHA orders beefed up security in parks

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Staff Reporter

Punjab Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) Director General Zaheer Anwar Jappa has ordered the authority’s staffers to increase security in public parks for families and women.

He issued the orders after an estimated 400 men took part in a mass assault on a young TikTokker on August 14.

The mob spiralled out of control in the Greater Iqbal Park at Minar-e-Pakistan, creating a national outcry against such violence in public spaces and dividing opinion down gender lines.

The PHA has increased security at three major public parks: Allama Iqbal Park, Potohar Park and Rawal Road Park.

The Dolphin police and PHA additional guards have been deployed in Greater Iqbal Park. Adviser to the Punjab Chief Minister on Tourism Asif Mehmood said that guards of private companies would have weapons, wireless sets and motorcycles to patrol PHA parks across the province.

He gave orders that cameras should be installed in parks and the old cameras should be repaired within a month.

He said that one day a week for women and families in the parks is being considered, including a separate area for women as well.

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