DPO Nowshera Dr Zahidullah talking to TNN. – Photo by Nadeem Mashwani

NOWSHERA: Security has been put on high alert in Nowshera after the martyrdom of Haroon Bilour in a suicide attack in Peshawar.

District Police Officer (DPO) Dr Zahidullah said the security for the Awami National Party (ANP) secretary general Mian Iftikhar Hussain and other important leaders in the district is being reviewed and action plan has been finalised to ensure elections in a peaceful environment.

The DPO told TNN correspondent that a search operation has also been initiated in Nowshera with the help of sensitive agencies and checking on the entry and exit routes has been enhanced. He said station house officers (SHOs) of all the police stations, circle deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) and district security branch have been given directions regarding security measures in the district. He said all the political parties have been asked to inform the concerned police station before arranging any corner meeting so that proper security is provided to them.

Twenty-two people, including ANP leader Haroon Bilour, were martyred in a suicide attack on a corner meeting of the party in Peshawar on Tuesday night.