Govt bans processions ahead of Qadri’s arrival

ISLAMABAD: The government has banned all kinds of processions and public gatherings in the capital in connection with the arrival of Pakistan Awami Tehreek's (PAT) chief tomorrow (Monday).The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan to review the security measures being taken on Qadri's arrival. The sources said that it was decided in the meeting that the interior minister would himself monitor Qadri's arrival at the Islamabad airport and his planned march to Lahore via GT Road, leading a public rally. The sources informed that it was decided to adopt a 'soft' approach on the PAT rally and that the participants of the rally would be facilitated, as long as they remain peaceful.The minister also directed the police officials to keep in view, the facilitation of the common public while keeping strict security measures intact. Rawalpindi commissioner, Islamabad IG, and RPO briefed the minister regarding the security plan for the twin cities and updated the latest measures that are being been taken at this moment. Nisar directed that the security plan be devised in such a manner that the security of those participating in rally of the PAT and that of the general public be ensured by means of better coordination between the administration and police of the twin cities.He directed that the security of other parts of the twin cities also be ensured at this moment so that no unlawful element could take advantage of the situation and asked the police and the security agencies to gear up their resources to fully secure the twin cities and its residents in wake of the recently launched operation against the terrorists in the tribal areas. The meeting was attended by secretary interior, NACTA NC, FIA DG, Islamabad chief commissioner, Rawalpindi commissioner, Islamabad police IG, RPO, and CPO. The minister said this while chairing a meeting on Saturday to review the security situation of the twin cities. He said that the sensitivity of the situation demands extra security measures and it is incumbent on the security agencies to fully secure public places and strategically important buildings.He directed the police high-ups to review the overall security of the capital with particular reference to the entry and exit points and identification of sensitive buildings in order to take security measures accordingly. The minister stressed that the entry and exit points of both the cities be put on high alert and areas surrounding the capital and Rawalpindi be thoroughly searched on war footings and be cleared of any unlawful elements. He said that the joint patrolling teams of Rangers and the police have given a sense of security to the residents of the capital and directed to strategise this exercise to get its more optimum use. In preview of the last night terrorist incident at Chan Pir Darbar, the minister directed the Islamabad commissioner to put ban on all congregations as the level of threat is high because of the ongoing operation in the tribal areas. The minister said that senior police officers need to inculcate the elements of responsibility and vigilance among the force in order to face the menace of terrorism as the country is facing a war-like situation

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