Following the Peshawar suicide assault, which killed at least 62 worshippers and injured more than 200, the provincial administration has placed law enforcement agencies on high alert.
The top officer in the country’s most populated region also ordered that security procedures be put in place for important religious and public sites. According to sources, search and sweep activities will be increased in all districts of the province.
According to reports in the local media, Inspector-General of Police Rao Sardar has issued a high alert order to the police forces. All Regional and District Police Officers have been instructed to increase the protection of sensitive and essential places.
In addition, the IGP ordered that the surveillance of inter-provincial and inter-district checkpoints be tightened, as well as night patrolling. The security notice came after a suicide bomber killed more than 60 worshipers and injured almost 200 others during Friday prayers in Peshawar’s Qissa Khwani bazaar.
Meanwhile, Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan’s adviser, acknowledged that the explosion occurred during Friday prayers.
Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad, the Interior Minister, had previously stated that no threat notice had been issued in connection with the incident. Foreign opponents are attempting to destabilize Pakistan’s peace, he continued.
While extending condolences to the dead’s families, Prime Minister Imran Khan prayed for the injured to recover.