ISLAMABAD: In order to foil any terror bid in the capital on Eidul Fitr, the Interior Ministry has chalked out a major security plan that includes the deployment of the Pakistan Army troops in the city from August 1, in the wake of the threats of possible terrorist attacks.
The military troop’s deployment would start during the Eid days and would be completed by August 1, to ensure foolproof security in the capital. “There are reports of strong backlash in the form of a terror activity by the militants in reaction to Zarb-e-Azb operation in North Waziristan Agency. Preventive arrangements are being taken, therefore,” a senior Interior Ministry official said.
According to the Islamabad police security plan, two companies, comprising of 200 soldiers, would be deployed to beef up the security in the capital. A major and two captain-level officers would command them a colonel-level officer would coordinate with the Islamabad police and the district administration. The security of the Red Zone and other sensitive places and buildings is being tightened. The Diplomatic Enclave, along with the others parts of the capital would be under tight security. Army personnel would also be deployed on all the routes leading to the Diplomatic Enclave. Rangers would patrol in all sectors, including Margalla Hills, round the clock.
According to the police, heavy contingent of the police, Rangers, and army would be deployed on famous and sensitive mosques, imambargahs, and other important public points to foil any untoward incident during the days of Eid.
Around 4,500 troops would be deployed at different 667 points of the city. Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan has directed the police to provide peaceful atmosphere to the general public so that they can observe Eid in a holy fervour. Nisar also directed to give much needed relief to the general public, take special care of the poor and aged people, and behave decently with everyone.
The minister directed the police to carry out inspection in all the shopping markets through Bomb Disposal Squads and sniffer dogs. The policemen would perform duties on roads, busy shopping centres, and other sensitive buildings during the three days of Eid celebration.
Two to three cops would perform duty outside the big mosques of the city while the police officials in plain clothes would also be deputed to keep close watch over the suspected elements inside mosques during the big congregations of Eid prayer.
Special duties have been assigned to the Islamabad police while their holidays have been cancelled to perform duties on the occasion of Eid. Special focus would be given to public parks including Rawal Lake, Monal, Shakarparain, and Chatarpark. The police high-ups would also patrol in their vehicles to review the security arrangements in the city.
Huge rush of shoppers, including women, was observed in the bazaars as compared to the previous Eid. Due to the price hike, it seems difficult to get every thing but still the people are going for affordable or expensive things as the festival of Eidul Fitr comes only once a year, and people celebrate it in a festive mood.
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