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Security at churches and public places to be tightened for Easter

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As Easter approaches, Inspector General of Police, Punjab, Arif Nawaz Khan Inspector General of Police, Punjab while addressing video link conference with Regional Police Officers of Punjab Police issued directives to his subordinates to step up security provisions at the churches, markets, parks and other market places. He advised them to apply all resources in order to ensure foolproof security on the occasion of Easter.

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Issuing directives, IG Arif Nawaz Khan said that CCTV cameras must be brought into use in to keep a check on the public at important market places and public gathering points. He said that walk through gates and metal detectors should also be used at entry and exit points at all churches. He directed that police personnel in plain clothes should also be deployed at the churches, while snipers are to be positioned around buildings of churches during the Easter services.

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Addressing the participants, the Additional IG Operations Aamir Zulfiqar said that for the security purposes more than 30,000 police officers and officials are to be deployed at churches on the occasion of Easter. Police force deployed at the churches will include officers from the ranks of DSP to constable. Police will be protecting 2,564 churches, on the occasion of Easter. He told that metal detectors and walk through gates will also be installed at these churches. Additional IG Operations ensured that police will keep watch on all the sensitive churches by means of CCTV cameras.

In 2017, a major terror attack was foiled by the security forces. A militant group wanted to target Christians on Easter Sunday, April 17. Details emerged that a terrorist couple Ali Tariq and his wife Naureen Laghari, planned for a suicide bombing at an unspecified church in Lahore.

Hours before Easter, the security forces raided the terrorists and prevented mass destruction. During the operation, Ali Tariq was killed while his wife Naureen Laghari was captured by the security forces. During the interrogations, she committed to her crime and disclosed her plans. She disclosed that terror group ISIS had provided them with two suicide jackets, four grenades and bullets for this purpose.

On March 27, 2016 Easter Sunday, terrorist targeted Christian community. A suicide bomber hit Gulshan-e-Iqbal park in Lahore. Terror group claiming responsibility for the attack said that it had targeted Christians who were celebrating Easter.