ISLAMABAD: Security has been put on high alert in the twin cities, while the RA Bazaar Road where a suicide attack took place on Monday has been closed.
Sources told Daily Times that on the direction of military officials the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) has decided to permanently close the road, where several military installations, including GHQ, National Logistics Cell (NLC), Canteen Stores Department (CSD) head office, Military Intelligence office and residences
of military officers, are located.
This link road connects Chungi No 22, RA Bazaar Road and Tench Bhatta with Saddar. Earlier, in 2012 on the direction of military authorities RCB had closed this link road for public traffic but due to resistance it was compelled to take back its decision. RCB Cantonment Executive Officer Rana Manzoor Ahmad Khan told media that due to the prevailing law and order situation and threat of terror attacks the road has been closed. He said public would not have to face any inconvenience as there are alternative roads for traffic.
The streets of RA Bazaar and its adjoining areas wore a deserted look on Tuesday, while fear gripped Islamabad following reports of a possible attack on the Benazir International Airport. An official at the Islamabad airport, requesting anonymity, said that security concerns have risen following reports from the intelligence agencies that militants may target national and international airlines at the Benazir Bhutto Airport this month.
He said security had been strengthened at the all places pointed out by the intelligence agencies, and patrolling around the airport areas had been increased.
He said that Airport Security Force (ASF) and other law enforcement agencies, with the help of Rangers and police, were providing assistance as well. The official said the security personnel guarding the airport had been directed to shoot at sight any person who was spotted entering the restricted area of Nur Khan Airbase or the airport.
In the meantime, security forces are also trying to ensure the safety of various installations in the federal capital, like the Diplomatic Enclave, Parliament House, and have sought the assistance of other law enforcement agencies in this regard. Meanwhile, SSP Islamabad Muhammad Rizwan has directed all SPs, SDPOs and SHOs to ensure strict checking at all entry and exit points and keep a close watch on suspicious persons. Special search of the forest and green belts of the city was also carried out on Tuesday by the capital police.
A special deployment of police was ensured at important governmental and non-governmental buildings, while police officials in plain clothes have been assigned the task of keeping vigilance against suspicious elements, police sources said.
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