ISLAMABAD: Shaheen Squad of the capital police formally started functioning on Tuesday with the purpose to curb street crime and ensure protection to lives and property of citizens.

According to a press release, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Islamabad Mohammad Aamir Zulfiqar Khan on Tuesday met the Shaheen Squad personnel. The squad would work under the supervision of Additional Superintendent of Police Zeeshan Haider.

DIG (Headquarters) Mohammad Saleem, AIG (Operations), AIG (Establishment), SSP (Headquarters) and other senior police officials were also present on the occasion, the press release added.

Initially, the squads have been kept at the disposal of model police stations. They would patrol on bikes in sectors to curb street crime, it said, adding they would have sophisticated weapons and wireless sets.

The squads will patrol in pairs and have been formally assigned duties and briefed about their tasks, the press release said, adding the IGP had directed the personnel of the squads to remain vigilant as well as disciplined during performance of duties and be polite while interacting with elders and youngster.

He asked to adopt policy of Pehle Salam Phir Kalam and earn honour for Islamabad police through cooperative attitude, it said, adding the Islamabad police chief directed the personnel to take care of resources provided to them.

He said that complaints about crime incidents should be minimised in patrolling areas of squads and awards would be given to those showing good performance, the press release said, adding that he said that patrolling pairs would promptly respond in case of emergency calls and expressed the hope that street crime would be overcome through their vigilance and patrolling.

Published in Dawn, December 11th, 2019