Banks under tight security due to sit-ins of PAT, PTI

* PIMS to remain on high alert

RAWALPINDI/ISLAMABAD: Directives have been issued for tightening the security of the government and private banks in Rawalpindi due to the sit-ins by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).The sources said that the Rawalpindi police have directed the divisional police officers, SDPO’s, and SHOs to prepare and furnish a comprehensive report on the number of security guards deployed in the banks, name of their respective security companies, information regarding the installment of CCTV cameras in these banks and whether they are in a working condition or not. The field police officers have been directed to ensure foolproof security of these banks, all over the district. The police have started reviewing the situation prevailing in banks in terms of security arrangements.On the other hand, the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) would remain on high alert to deal with any untoward situation. PIMS spokesperson Wasim Khawaja on Thursday said that the leaves of all the hospital staff have been canceled while the management has vacated around 350 beds. He said that the hospital’s blood bank has arranged 100 bags of each blood group and medicines for over 2,000 patients. He said that on the directives of Shaheed Zulifkar Ali Bhutto Medical University’s Vice Chancellor Javed Akram, a qualified team of medical and paramedical staff was working in emergency round the clock. He said that all senior doctors were on call while special directives from the vice chancellor had been issued to provide standard medical cover to the protesters.He said that the hospital management had also managed the routine services of the hospital so that the admitted patients and incoming patients other than the protesters were also provided with the basic health facilities. He said that besides the policemen who are on duty, several protesters are also visiting the PIMS with complications like headache, fever, back-pain, and weakness. He said that the hospital had put highly equipped ambulances on high alert to provide immediate medical assistance to the sit-in participants of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).He said that the protesters can visit the hospital’s emergency in case of any medical complication, or they can get information or standard medical assistance from the hospital’s helpline 051-9261170. He said that all arrangements had been made in case of any untoward situation and sufficient stock of medicine was available at the hospital. He said that there were chances of spread of infectious diseases due to the presence of people from different areas in the sit-ins and in this regard, the hospital management had made special arrangements. 

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