Inspector General of Police Mohammad Javed Patwary yesterday asked police officials to check drivers’ licence, fitness certificate of buses and other necessary papers before they begin each journey.
The initiative is aimed at keeping unsafe buses off the road and preventing the drivers’ assistants from sitting behind the wheel during the rush of holiday makers for the Eid, said Sohel Rana, assistant inspector general (media & PR) of police.
Addressing a video conference from the police headquarters, Javed also asked policemen to stop buses from carrying passengers on the roof, Sohel added.
The special measures would be in place seven days before and after the Eid.
In the two-hour conference joined by additional IGPs, metropolitan range police commissioners, and chiefs of police units, Javed ordered the officials to combat extortion on roads and highways.
“Extortion on the highways was a major talking point in the conference,” a high official said requesting anonymity.
The IGP also asked the high officials to take departmental action against policemen who are involved in extortion, he said.
He then asked police install CCTV cameras at key points on the highway to prevent extortion and bring discipline.
He then instructed police to take action to prevent the throwing of stones at moving trains.
Police officials should be wary of untoward incidents centring the distribution of zakat, he said.
The IGP asked officials to boost intelligence efforts so that militants cannot set up a den by renting flats.