Lax security measures at weekly bazaars

AFP

ISLAMABAD: Despite the looming terror threats to the capital, there is still no major security cover for the poor vendors and shoppers, which clearly exposes the slackness of the authorities concerned in the city.The weekly Sunday bazaar established by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) for the middle class people paints a picture of lackadaisical attitude on the part of police as well as the CDA as most of the CCTV cameras that are installed there are not functioning and the equipment which is used to identify metal objects, weapons and explosives are rarely used. The cops that are deputed there for the security of the people are seen chatting on their cell phones while people walk in and out of the market without proper checking.The CDA and the police have failed to provide adequate security in and around the three weekly bazaars in the city. The walkthrough gates installed at the entry points of the bazaar located in Sector H9 are not functional as they are unable to detect the metal objects.During a visit to the area, only a few policemen of Islamabad Traffic Police were seen outside the weekly bazaar, busy handling the flow of traffic. When asked whether they were deployed for security check, the low-ranked policemen refused to comment.Talking to the media personnel, the stallholders at the H9 Bazaar said that no proper security arrangements have been made in the bazaar despite several attacks. However, Salman Azam, a shopper complained that the walkthrough gates installed on the entry and exit points and the CCTV cameras were non-functional and there is no proper security mechanism in the market. To examine the security arrangements, CDA Chairman Maroof Afzal visited the H9 Bazaar on Sunday.He examined the security cameras and walkthrough gates installed at various locations, expressed his dismay and directed the administration to further improve the security arrangements in the bazaar. Afzal directed the administration of the bazaar to further improve the security measures at the entry gates and ensure checking of the people entering to prevent any untoward incident.He also directed the staff of sections concerned to remain present in their respective sections and keep vigilant eye on the people. The CDA chairman asked the staff of weekly bazaar, particularly the security staff to dress up in their uniforms and asked the security director to review the security arrangements on regular basis.

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