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Islamabad administration finalises security plan for PTI rally

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Islamabad: The Islamabad Capital Territory Administration (ICTA) has finalised the overall plan to deal with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) rally on May 11. The administration has presently only finalised that main stage would be set up about 100 yards away from the D-Chowk near Parliament House and vehicles would be stopped at Khyber Plaza. The rally route details, have however not been finalized apparently due to security reasons, officials said .    The security managers of the city including Chief Commissioner Islamabad Jawad Paul, newly appointed police officials IGP, Aftab Cheema, SSP Islamabad, Naikokara have been working on security plan which will be implemented on May, 11, a senior official told Daily Times on Friday. According to expected security plan Islamabad Police teams will maintain high vigilance through patrolling while policemen will be deputed along with sophisticated weapons on various routes to avoid any untoward incident. The bomb disposal squad will be there for effective checking. Islamabad Police, FC, Rangers would also remain present on various roads to avoid inconvenience to the road users and parking areas will be specified for the participants of the gathering. Special arrangements will be made for checking of all participants and metal detectors will be used for checking of participants. Women carrying children would not be allowed to attend the public meeting and no one would be allowed to enter into the Red Zone. Security measures will be taken to counter possible attempts to enter the sensitive areas and no participant will be allowed to carry arms and ammunition or any sort of weapons, batons or sticks through which people could be harmed. Meanwhile, interior minister haired a high-level meeting of Islamabad and Rawalpindi administration to review the security arrangements being made for the public gathering taking place in Islamabad on 11th May. Commissioner Rawalpindi, IGP Islamabad, deputy commissioner Islamabad and other senior officers gave briefing to the minister informing him about the deployment of security personnel, traffic diversion plan and arrangements for the media. Walk through gates, sniffing dogs and CCTV cameras would be employed to provide security to the rally and the citizens of Islamabad. The Minister directed that all steps should be taken to ensure complete security to the participants of the gathering. He said that all vehicles carrying weapons or infants in them would not be allowed to enter. He also directed the Islamabad administration to ensure payments to the owners of containers that are to be used for the security of Red Zone. He directed that instructions should be properly advertised to inform the general public about the road blockades and traffic diversions to facilitate the residents of the twin cities. The Minister asked for close coordination between Islamabad and Rawalpindi administration in this regard.

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