Terrorism and extremism Punjab Police Ki Muthi Garm Muhim
In implementing the National Action Plan against terrorism and extremism, the Punjab police are engaged in a province-wide campaign against the display of weapons in public and dissemination of sectarian hatred from the pulpit and through books. Though late – perhaps very late – it is good that the PML-N leadership has woken up to the menace that had been wreaking havoc on the society for decades.
Since the crackdown started in Rawalpindi last week, the police have arrested 15 people in 20 cases of violation of the Amplifier Act. And three booksellers were hauled up on Thursday for keeping hateful sectarian literature for sale.
However, some officers have found enforcing the ban on carrying of arms in public rather ticklish. They say it is so because the law requires the police to arrest those violating the ban but does not give them the power to check whether the arms license a violator produces is genuine or a fake.