Security of media houses enhanced, panic alert system installed

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An Indian security personnel stands guard inside the Indian Air Force (IAF) base at Pathankot in Punjab, January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

After an attack on media houses in Karachi on Monday, the Islamabad police have enhanced the security measures of media houses in capital to avoid any untoward incident.

A police source said that supervisory officers of various police stations have been directed to monitor the security of their respective areas and keep a check on their subordinate staff deputed for security purposes at various media houses.

The Islamabad police have been directed to ensure coordination with other police wings, including special branch and share information with them in time.

To ensure effective security arrangements of media outlets, he said that capital police have already conducted the security audit and survey of 38 media houses and have installed panic alert system to avert any untoward incident.

The police source said that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had categorically asked to review security arrangements of media outlets and various steps have been taken by Islamabad police to enhance security at media houses.

He said that various meetings were conducted by the police officials with Press Information Department’s officers and representatives of media houses.

A panic alert system has been installed in 31 media houses after conducting the security audit of 38 media outlets while more than 100 security guards have been given security training in various programme, the source added.