LAHORE: Lahore police has issued the security plan for the forthcoming cricket match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Qaddafi Stadium from October 5 to 9.
Under the security plan, three SSPs, 13 SPs, 131 inspectors and 718 upper subordinates will be deputed during the three matches set to take place. The aim is to ensure foolproof security for cricket players and fans.
Further, more than 12,000 police officials will be deputed to ensure security. Lahore Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations Wing) Ashfaq Khan said that the police force is all set to provide security to the Sri Lankan team as well as Pakistani cricket players for the T20 cricket matches. He maintained that citizens will only be allowed to enter the stadium after being thoroughly checked and will not be allowed to carry any prohibited items. He stated that previously, Lahore police ensured foolproof security at all national and international cricket events being held in the provincial capital.
We will also ensure the implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) regarding security in order to conduct the matches in a peaceful manner, he said.
“Round the clock monitoring of teams, matches, as well as movements in and around the stadium, will be carried out using CCTV cameras installed by the Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA),” he added.
In addition, Dolphin Squad and Police Response Unit (PRU) teams will continue patrolling specific areas in the city. Also, snipers will be deputed on the rooftops to keep an eye on all movements during the matches. “Aerial monitoring will be ensured through helicopters,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 29th, 2019.
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