ISLAMABAD: The police have planned elaborate security measures during Independence Day festivities in the metropolitan area and decided to deploy heavy contingent of police at sensitive points to avoid any untoward incident.
According to a statement SSP (Operations) Sajid Kiani has chalked out a comprehensive plan on the occasion of Independence Day and decided to deploy security personnel at important installations as well as public places too. As per plan, police source said that 2,500 cops would perform security duties on the occasion and the city had been divided into various beats while additional strength had been deployed at main shopping centres at markets.
Likewise, special contingents have been also deployed at Dhokri Chowk, Korian Wala Chowk, French Embassy Chowk and Kashmir Chowk.” Additional contingents will be deployed at all public places, especially parks and various other important spots. The capital police would try best to perform their duties with discipline on the auspicious occasion”, the police source added.
Mobile Reserve police will also remain alert while contingents of Rangers and FC will also perform security duties on the occasion. The SSP has directed all SDPOs and SHOs to conduct special search and checking at slums, private hostels, inns and restaurants in their respective areas. He said that SPs would monitor security duties in their respective areas while high alert to be maintained at high security zone.
He said that unpaved routes in red zone would be sealed while private and official guards would be checked along with VIPs. Police commandos, women police, mobile patrolling and Eagle squad, Anti-terror squad, Bomb Disposal Squad, Quick Response Force Unit has been also been activated while special branch, traffic police and CID staff will perform duties on the occasion.
SSP Kiani has directed all police officials to take strict action against professional alm-seekers. The forest areas in the city will be scanned with sophisticated security equipment while horse mounted security personnel will patrol the city.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 12th, 2017.