21,000 law enforcement personnel deputed to protect capital on I-Day

ISLAMABAD: As the government musters 21,000 law enforcement personnel to stop the long march, the country’s interior minister made it clear that the police and the law enforcement agencies would arrest the PTI and PAT workers, which are found involved in hooliganism.“The police is not protecting the government but is undertaking its duty to check those who are threatening to derail the system through their false revolution gimmicks, and threatening to kill their own people who would return from Islamabad without achieving their goals,” the interior minister said in a statement, in directly mentioning the fiery statements of PAT Chief Tahirur Qadri.“It is our first obligation to save the lives and properties of the people. No one would be allowed to attack the capital,” the interior minister informed the police officials. “If anyone tries to block a road, or create anarchy, they would be arrested and sent to jail. The police is prepared to deal with any situation,” the police officials informed the interior minister.As many as 6,000 officials of the Punjab Police, 1,000 from the AJK Police, 3,000 Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel, 3,000 Railway Police personnel, and almost 8,000 personnel of the capital police have been deputed in the city to ensure security tomorrow. The interior minister has given them strict instructions not to show any leniency towards the PTI and PAT leaders and workers. He said that CCTV cameras are being installed to check the suspicious activities. He said that patrolling in the areas has also been enhanced. He said that effective security plan has been placed on the eve of the Independence Day.The Interior Ministry on Tuesday has set up a special control room for monitoring the Independence Day celebrations, Pakistan PTI’s Azadi March, and PAT’s Inqilab March. According to reports, all security arrangements have been finalised to avoid any untoward incident and to maintain law and order situation. The control room would monitor the situation round the clock. Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan is supervising the security arrangements and monitoring the overall situation. The entry point to the Red Zone from Radio Pakistan is closed and the people can only enter the high security area from the Convention Centre or the Federal Secretariat sides. Meanwhile, security cameras have been installed at different places in the capital to check the movement of people and prevent any untoward incident. A long-range camera has been fixed at the Zero Point Interchange, which can cover most parts of the nearby areas. The police officials meanwhile are confused whether the government would allow the participants of the ‘Inqilab’ and ‘Azadi’ marches to enter the capital or not.However, the district administration of Rawalpindi has suggested that the marchers should be stopped in their respective districts, otherwise it would not be possible for the local police to prevent them from reaching the capital.Containers and barbed wires have been dropped at the Red Zone and Diplomatic Enclave to seal them off. The capital police have placed more then 1,300 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) at Tarnol and Pir-sohawa. The Islamabad police have also placed containers and barriers on the roads leading to the capital as the Kashmir Highway, Muree Road, Sabzi Mandi, Sectors I8, I9, I10, and Agha Shahi Road have been blocked. Similarly, the police and the Rangers were deputed on the entry and exit points of the capital.

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