Police revisit security plans as sit-in drags on

Published: November 13, 2019
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Azadi march participants play badminton to stay active. PHOTO: ONLINE

Azadi march participants play badminton to stay active. PHOTO: ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad Muhammad Aamir Zulfiqar on Tuesday reviewed the security and traffic arrangements for city particularly in the wake of on-going Azadi march of JUI-F that seems to have dragged on for many more days.

The security and traffic plans were formally reviewed by him during a meeting attended by all DIGs, SSPs, AIGs and SPs. The IGP said that smooth traffic flow is being ensured in the city but directed to further improve it.

He said that barriers have been removed after survey in various areas and efforts are underway to facilitate citizens to a maximum level.

Islamabad police chief said: “It is our prime responsibility to ensure protection to the lives and property of the citizens.” However, he directed to further improve security for the participants of sit-in.

He said that police officers and jawans are very much ready to counter any untoward situation. The IGP directed to provide facilities to the police personnel performing duties in various areas and special measures to be ensured to protect them from cold weather.

IGP has further issued directions to the police officials to have lunch and dinner with their subordinates so that the quality of food could be assessed on regular basis.

He instructed to ensure supply of hot and fresh food to the deployed personnel, adding that all required measures must be taken in regard with cold weather so that the personnel could perform their duties easily and efficiently.

IG advised the police officials to consider deployed security personnel as their own children and take measures for their welfare all of them, including the personnel and officials were part of the same force.

The IGP further directed them to ensure welfare measures for their subordinates and encourage them for duties in tough weather conditions.

The meeting also reviewed the performance of police in addressing complaints received on PMDU Portal, facilitation centre established for citizens and Special Branch. The IGP appreciated the performance of police facilitation centre and directed to further improve it to get more applaud from citizens.

Later, the IGP met with the outgoing SP Idrees Rathor and appreciated his services for police.  Islamabad police chief said that Idrees Rathor was a courageous police officer and his services would be remembered. He also gave a souvenir to the outgoing SP.

Overseeing arrangements

MeanwhileThe district organisation of JUI-F is overseeing all arrangements including food and quilts for the protesters.

In this regard, Secretary Information of party’s district organization Hafiz Ziaullah Khan expressed that all the participants of Azadi march were their guests and they would leave no room in hospitality.

He told that with the dropping temperature, they distributed 250 quilts amongst the protesters along with 200 bed-sheets.

He added that they were also supplying some 50 cauldrons of food every day to the protest site.

The spokesperson told that the central leadership was all set to launch a country-wide movement for protection of people’s rights as well as supremacy of law.

Overseeing arrangements

The district organisation of JUI-F is overseeing all arrangements including food and quilts for the protesters.

In this regard, Secretary Information of party’s district organization Hafiz Ziaullah Khan expressed that all the participants of Azadi march were their guests and they would leave no room in hospitality.

He told that with the dropping temperature, they distributed 250 quilts amongst the protesters along with 200 bed-sheets.

Ziaullah added that they were also supplying some 50 degs of food every day to the protest site.

The spokesperson told that the central leadership was all set to launch a country-wide movement for protection of people’s rights as well as supremacy of law.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 13th, 2019.

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