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Police told to increase security around politicians: report

RAWALPINDI: The Punjab government has directed police, the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) and Special Branch to step up security around prominent political figures and sensitive installations in the province, according to a local media outlet. 

The government has also directed that changes be made to the standard operating procedures (SOP) for the protection of political leaders. Police have also been asked to carry out surveys to verify residents of government houses.

An advisory issued by the chief of Punjab police cited intelligence that suggested attacks have been planned by groups associated with the Islamic State and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan on politicians during the election campaign.

Security measures should be adopted during movements in public meetings or other meetings of political leaders, the advisory said.

It added that important buildings such as airports, railway stations, bus stands, markets, hospitals, schools and recreational sites should be kept under vigilance.

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