Plan chalked out to con­trol aerial fir­ing on Chand Raat

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

PESHAWAR —The City po­lice have chalked out a com­pre­hen­sive plan to con­trol men­ace of aerial fir­ing on Chand Raat and Eid ul Fitr in the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal and de­cided to take strict ac­tion against vi­o­la­tors. A se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer told APP on Mon­day here that all the sub-di­vi­sional po­lice of­fi­cers (SDPOs) and SHOs have been di­rected to pre­vent aerial fir­ing on Chand Raat and Eidul Fitr.

The con­cerned SDPO and SHO would be held re­spon­si­ble in case of loss of lives on Chand Raat and Eid due to aerial fir­ing, the of­fi­cial added. Ac­cord­ing to the plan, the of­fi­cial said over 8000 po­lice per­son­nel would per­form du­ties in shifts dur­ing Eid days in the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal.

Women po­lice­men and plain clothes po­lice per­son­nel have been po­si­tioned to mon­i­tor the move­ment of un­wanted el­e­ments and check aerial fir­ing in dif­fer­ent bazaars. He said close circuit cam­eras have been in­stalled in im­por­tant places and lo­ca­tions for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of el­e­ments in­volved in aerial fir­ing to take strict ac­tions against vi­o­la­tors.

The of­fi­cial sought the co­op­er­a­tion of me­dia, aca­demi­cians, ulema and civil so­ci­ety for aware­ness and ed­u­ca­tion of masses against aerial fir­ing.

He said Is­lam was a re­li­gion of peace and broth­er­hood whereas aerial fir­ing was against teach­ings of Is­lam as it could re­sult in loss of pre­cious hu­man lives be­sides spread­ing fear among peo­ple. Sev­eral peo­ple are be­com­ing vic­tims of aerial bul­lets ev­ery year in KP due to aerial fir­ing on Chand Raat and Eidul Fitr and el­e­ments in­volved in this un­law­ful prac­tice would spend Eid in jails, he added.

The ulema have been re­quested to high­light the is­sue in Fri­day con­gre­ga­tion of Ju­matul Wida, he said. It is in the so­ci­ety’s in­ter­est to do away with the men­ace as it could have dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects on the lives of peo­ple. The of­fi­cial said high-rank­ing po­lice of­fi­cers have been di­rected to keep close li­ai­son with peo­ple and with so­cial and po­lit­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions to run a cam­paign against aerial fir­ing in their re­spec­tive ar­eas so as to raise aware­ness among the peo­ple about the neg­a­tive ef­fects of the prac­tice.

PESHAWAR: As part of aware­ness cam­paign, a ban­ner on a po­lice mo­bile van reads ‘aerial fir­ing is a crime’.

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