ISLAMABAD: With intelligence reports pouring in regarding potential terror hits across the country, the police have tightened security in Islamabad by deploying 200 commandos at around 70 key security points, in addition to the regular police escorts, to ensure safety of people in the capital.
The police said the high alert and subsequent deployment of security personnel would ensure foolproof security in Islamabad.
About the deployment of commandos, sources told Daily Times that police commandos had been deployed at all the entry and exit points and the Red Zone on a recent directive of Inspector General Sikandar Hayat to assist regular police in meeting any challenge.
Sources explained that senior police officials had decided to deploy commandos in Islamabad’s specific areas as a ‘second line of defence’ in case of any terror attack in the city.
Policemen at 58 checkpoints have also been directed to keep strict vigil on suspected people.
Police sources told Daily Times that in view of the law and order situation and fear of terror attacks, the Islamabad IG had directed officials to intensify patrolling, picketing and snap checking, and said the commandos should help police at checkpoints in maintaining security.
Sources further said that deployment of police commandos at all the entry and exit points and other areas was part of a comprehensive plan made by the authorities to augment the overall security in the city.
Under the plan, 117 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras would also be installed in the Red Zone within a week.
In addition to the CCTV cameras, authorities would establish checkpoints at the maximum entry points of the capital city, which are told to be 170. Through these entry points, the police would strictly monitor the people coming from Murree and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Islamabad. “Two policewomen and six policemen will be deputed at each entry point that will be set up soon to monitor the travellers,” said a source.
Sources said that the capital police, with the help of police commandos, would keep a watchful eye on suspicious elements and suspected people entering the city. They said that in order to further strengthen the security situation, the capital police had also sent a summary to the Interior Ministry for the purchase of sniffer dogs.
Meanwhile, sources said that the heads of all police stations had also been directed to maintain vigilance in their jurisdictions and screen markets and residential areas for any suspected criminal activity.
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