Security plan for August 14
By Shahnawaz Khan
LAHORE: A security plan for 56th Independence Day has been finalised and law-enforcement agencies have been deployed on various special assignments, sources told Daily Times on Wednesday.
Leave for all police officials has been cancelled from August 13 and strict security measures have been taken. Heavy police contingents will be deputed at The Mall, Liberty, Fortress Stadium, Garden Town and other places where people intend to celebrate Independence Day.
Sources say the police have begun keeping a close watch on motorcyclists involved in “one-wheeling”. The government has sought a detailed security plans from all the four provinces.
The Punjab government has issued orders to bomb disposal squads, the fire brigade, the civil aviation and other law-enforcement agenesis to take preliminary measures. The Lahore police have completed with their security arrangements, including pickets and police patrolling. Law-enforcement agencies and the Elite Police have been deployed at all sensitive places, including the airport, the railway station and bus stands.
The traffic police have also sought help from other cities to manage a spontaneous flow of traffic in the city. Among the aiding police on loan from the other cities included 7 deputy police superintendents, 10 inspectors, 50 sub-inspectors and around 250 head constables and constables.
Talking to Daily Times, Senior Traffic Police Superintendent Malik Abdul Aziz said Lahore did not have sufficient traffic police, especially since there would be political rallies in the city, and the traffic police needed help from additional force in other cities.
He said the traffic police had made special arrangements for the Mochi Gate and Minar-e-Pakistan areas where different political parties would stage rallies. The SSP said special pickets would be placed on the Main Boulevard Gulberg, Liberty, The Mall and Defence to prevent any traffic problems.