Police launch new SOPs for snap checking after Sahiwal ‘encounter’


SAHIWAL: Lahore Police has released a new set of standard operating procedures (SOP) for snap checking at mid-road points after the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) ‘encounter’ last week resulted in the death of three family members.

It has been reported that the new SOPs state that any vehicle that fails to stop at a checkpoint when asked to do so will not be fired at, but instead, a wireless message will be sent to force the car to stop.

Moreover, any kind of protest or resistance during a police checkpoint search would be inadvisable and that only vehicles considered to be suspicious would be asked to stop.

The SOPs note that law enforcement officials should not harass riders or demand vehicle documents for verification on duty.

The checking of suspicious cars and pedestrians should only be carried out via phones, the SOPs add.