Red Zone sealed ahead of Azadi March


ISLAMABAD: Keeping in view, the Azadi March of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) scheduled on the 14th, the capital police and the district administration has completely sealed the Red Zone and the Diplomatic Enclave to avoid any untoward situation.With scarcity of fuel at the petrol pumps and long queues of vehicles being witnessed at every filling station, the residents of the capital are now preparing to store food and edible items to prepare for the worst days to come. Already, some containers have been placed on the roads linking Rawalpindi with the capital, but the roads leading to the capital and the main exit points have not been completely shut, despite placement of barriers, allowing only a narrow path for the vehicles. The residents of the capital complained of the difficulties while commuting in and outside the city. In total, the capital police have placed around 1,200 containers and barriers on the entry and exit points of the capital in general, and special measures have been taken to stop the commuters entering from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The district administration has placed containers and barriers on the roads leading to the capital as the Kashmir Highway and Murree Road have been blocked. Similarly, the police and the Rangers were deputed on the entry and exit points of the city.The Red Zone and the Diplomatic Enclave in the capital have been sealed off for national parade and the Independence Day. Sources informed that containers and barbed wires have been installed at the Red Zone and the Diplomatic Enclave. A senior official of the Islamabad police said that the security of both the locations has been handed over to the army. However, the security of the Parliament House is being managed from a special control room. National parade would be held on the night between the 13th and 14th, in front of the Parliament House. On the other hand, around 12,000 personnel of the capital police, Punjab Police, Azad Kashmir Police, Rangers, and Railway Police were deployed on different spots to stop the planned PTI sit-in.A number of police vehicles and many prison vans were also brought to the area to arrest the protesters in case they violated Section 144, which has been imposed in the city. The official said that no one would be allowed to cross Faizabad on the Independence Day to hold a sit-in, as it was a violation of Section 144. “If anyone blocks the road, he would be arrested and sent to jail. The police is prepared to deal with any situation,” he said. In the meantime, the police stopped a vehicle and arrested four people. The security arrangements have been finalised for the eve of the Independence Day and a high alert has been imposed in Rawalpindi. City Police Officer CPO Hamyun Bashir Tarar said that it was our first obligation to save the lives and properties of the people, adding that the policemen were being deployed at the important buildings of the city. He said that CCTV cameras were being installed to check the suspicious activities and patrolling in the areas has also been enhanced. He said that effective security plan has been placed on the eve of the Independence Day. Earlier, Tarar visited several areas to check and maintain the law and order. He said that no one would be allowed to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere.

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