Diplomatic missions asked to enhance security

ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry has asked all the diplomatic missions in the capital to enhance their security in a bid to avoid the possible fallout of the ongoing full-fledged 'Zarb-e-Azb' operation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA).According to reports, many diplomatic missions have cancelled their activities in the capital and have drastically restricted their staff movement outside the Diplomatic Enclave. A recently issued alert to the diplomatic circles by the Interior Ministry had advised them to enhance the security in the wake of the possibility of attacks on foreign diplomats. The alert also suggested that the foreigners who are living out of the Red Zone also must increase their security.The military and paramilitary troops have been deployed in the city upon the request of the Islamabad Capital Territory Administration (ICTA). The Rangers have been deployed at all important buildings and check points. The Islamabad police have been instructed to thoroughly check the vehicles entering and exiting the city. The check points at Bahara Kahu, Tarnol, Rawat, and Pirsohawa have been declared as the most sensitive. The entry of "applied for" unregistered vehicles has also been banned. The citizens are instructed to carry their original identity cards at all times.The Interior Ministry has further directed the intelligence agencies to share intelligence information on daily basis with the police and Rangers. The patrolling of Rangers and police throughout the capital has been increased. Additional forces have been deployed at most bus stands, commercial markets, hotels, mosques, airport, and railway station and at other important points. Security has been beefed up at all jails as well. According to sources, the intelligence agencies have credible information about a militants plan to break into Adiala Jail and set free the militants in captivity.The intelligence agencies have also declared seven places sensitive and a soft target for the terrorist attack in the Diplomatic Enclave. The security has been tightened by deploying a large number of Rangers and police personnel to avoid any incident. At least 3,700 police personnel and 300 Rangers and Frontier Constabulary (FC) men are at high alert in the Red Zone. The forests surrounding the Diplomatic Enclave, including Quaid-e-Azam University, Rawal Dam, Noorpur Shah, and some other areas in a report received by the Interior Ministry have been declared unsafe as terrorist attacks could be expected from such areas, the sources said.All of these sensitive areas are under surveillance. Six SP rank officers are part of a team who are being especially directed to maintain the security of the Parliament House, Prime Minister House, and the Supreme Court. The forces are on special alert at the Margalla Hills to monitor the security measure of the the Diplomatic Enclave. Moreover, a new and specially trained group of police has also been deployed in the capital. 

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