April 25, 2015
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Police have equipped 30 media houses with a ‘panic button’ which can be activated in case of any emergency to summon a quick response from rescue and law enforcement personnel.
In January, Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan met the representatives of media houses in Islamabad and informed them about possible threats to journalists and media houses from terrorists.
Representatives from about 30 media houses participated in the consultation and were asked to follow the government-developed SOPs for their security, including installation of panic buttons.
The media representatives were also invited to Rescue-15 headquarters and provided Android-based software that would serve as a panic button. Activating the panic button would automatically generate an SMS message, which would be delivered to all relevant police officers and police stations along with Rescue-15.
Two representatives of each media house have been provided the panic button facility by the police.