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Foolproof security for Musharraf to appear before court

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Islamabad: Foolproof security arrangements were put in place by the capital administration on Monday for former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf’s appearance in the court.Three separate routes were identified by the capital police for Musharraf’s convoy, while more than 3,000 policemen were deputed in addition to the Elite Force commandoes and Rangers personnel on different routes. The sources said that more than 3,000 police and Rangers personnel were deputed in the twin cities at different routes while the city’s Red Zone was sealed as the former president reached the court, whereas all connecting roads were blocked during his movement. Before 8am, a thorough check of the vehicles entering the Red Zone was made by the Islamabad police, and later on the area was cordoned off for more than an hour.The police squad and commandos reached the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) early in the morning and checked its surroundings with sniffer dogs and scanners. Islamabad SP Mustanser Feroz headed the police squad, and strict security measures were also put in place outside the AFIC before the former president’s departure for the court. All the routes his convoy would have taken were sealed completely and nobody was allowed to get through in the wake of a serious threat to the life of the former president.Earlier, it was reported that Musharraf might not appear before the court in the high-treason case due to security threats and his deteriorating health condition but he surprised everyone with his unexpected appearance. The security measures at the special court were too beefed up with the placement of containers and the deployment of special commandos. Around 300 commandos and 100 army personnel guarded the special court during Musharraf’s presence in the court.A four-member committee of the Islamabad police escorted the former president from the AFIC. Security passes were issued to selected people and a police team was formed to arrest Musharraf if he refused to appear in the court. Meanwhile, only a few supporters of Musharraf and some workers of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) managed to reach the court.The supporters were holding portraits the former president and chanting slogans in his support. They said that they were also not expecting Musharraf to appear in the court.

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