No stone unturned: Security tightened across the country

Published: June 17, 2014
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Army soldiers deploy in Karachi on June 16, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

Army soldiers deploy in Karachi on June 16, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

FAISALABAD / QUETTA / LAHORE / PESHAWAR / KARACHI: Authorities in all major towns and cities have stepped up security to thwart possible reprisals to the North Waziristan operation.

Deployment of security officials at key government offices and sensitive installations, as well as public spaces such as railway stations, bus stands, cinemas, markets, places of worship, airports and parks has been boosted.

A ‘red alert’ was declared and Section 144 imposed in Sindh. The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting co-chaired by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan at CM House on Monday. Corps Commander Karachi Sajjad Ghani, DG Rangers, IG Sindh, home secretary and officials of intelligence agencies also attended the meeting.

After the meeting, Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said the chief minister and governor will take religious and political parties into confidence to enforce the ban on public gatherings. “Terrorists can target any political or religious activity, therefore we want to make precautionary measures,” he added.

Memon said police and Rangers will be deployed at major public installations and sensitive places, while the army will work as a back-up force. “Army personnel will be present in all districts. In case of emergency, they will act as quick response force,” he added.

According to an ISPR statement, army troops have been alerted and forward placed to assist law enforcement agencies. “The army will remain at designated places and will be employed in case of emergency whenever asked by the civil administration,” the ISPR said.

“The army will respond as the third-line force while the primary responsibility will be with the Rangers and police,” a military spokesperson told The Express Tribune as trucks and armoured vehicles took positions in neighbourhoods and sensitive locations across Karachi on Monday.

Additional security officials were placed at police stations and headquarters, barracks, the CM and Governor House, Sindh Secretariat and Assembly, hotels and hospitals.

Parts of Karachi including Orangi, SITE, Baldia, Manghopir, Landhi and Sohrab Goth have been declared highly sensitive as these areas are considered militant strongholds. “Even before the ongoing military operation, militants made Karachi the prime target,” Karachi police chief Ghulam Qadir Thebo said. “Now we suspect that the militants will intensify their activities here.”

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa IGP Nasir Khan Durrani directed that deployments be enhanced in districts bordering the tribal areas and comprehensive checks carried out in all IDP camps, as well as search operations focusing on hostels, hotels and inns.

Separately, CCPO Lahore Chudhary Shafiq Ahmad and DIG Operations Rana Abdul Jabbar ordered search operations across the city and strict checks at entry and exit points to the city. DIG Operations Rana Abdul Jabbar appealed to the public to cooperate with the police and report any suspicious activity.

A senior police official told The Express Tribune that the DIG Operations Lahore attended a meeting chaired by the provincial chief minister, also attended by the Lahore Corps Commander, for a briefing on the security situation in the city. The official, who wished to remain anonymous, said army officials will also be deployed around the city in plainclothes. The deployment of police personnel in the city has been doubled, the official added.

The Punjab government also asked the City District Government Lahore to identify spaces that allow the armed forces to quickly respond to any emergencies. DCO Lahore Captain (retd) Usman Ahmad has ordered Rescue 1122, Fire Brigade, Civil Defense and officers of District Administration to be prepared to deal with any untoward incident.

In Faisalabad, security was also boosted at the Central Jail, where senior Taliban leaders are incarcerated. District Coordination Officer (DCO) Noorul Amin Mengal issued a formal request to the army headquarters to dispatch two army companies at sensitive points in the city. Additionally, Rangers and army jawans will be available at an emergency centre.

Officials in Quetta were also put on high alert and sources in the Commissioner Quetta Division office said police and Frontier Corps teams will patrol the city. Additionally, LEAs launched a crackdown in parts of the city, detaining several armed suspects.

The General Officer Commanding Gujranwala also called an emergency meeting of commanding officers, regional police officers, commissioners and DCOs to review arrangements for the security and safety of sensitive installations here.

Meanwhile, Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Chief Minister Mehdi Shah that extraordinary security measures have been taken to check the migration of terrorists from North Waziristan into G-B. While the terrorists are on the run, we have secured the Karakoram Highway and other routes linking G-B to the rest of the country,” Shah said.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 17th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (33)

  • Pakhtun
    Jun 17, 2014 - 6:20AM

    Coward Pak army. You can only oppress your own people and surrender to the Indian army.

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  • Farhan
    Jun 17, 2014 - 6:33AM

    Pakistan Army is the best. Whole nation is with you. We salute your pain for the country and sacrifices.

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  • MK
    Jun 17, 2014 - 7:34AM

    Go Go Go !!

    File in the whole !! Booooooooommmmm !
    Victory for the Pakistan Army Inshallah !

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  • Jibran
    Jun 17, 2014 - 7:45AM

    It is warming to see that Ch. Nisar is no longer in charge of the tightened security detail. His performance had been pathetic. With him on top, the matters could go worse.

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  • vds
    Jun 17, 2014 - 7:55AM

    So the TTP is reading and posting here too? @Pakhtun:

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  • listening
    Jun 17, 2014 - 7:56AM

    @Pakhtun:
    Own people? These extremists killed thousands of Pakistani in a year. Crippled the economy, bombed places of worship of every sect and religion and you call them “own people”.

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  • Na Pakhtun
    Jun 17, 2014 - 8:06AM

    @Pakhtun: TTP is not our own people.

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  • Ahmad
    Jun 17, 2014 - 8:24AM

    Dear Tribune Editor:
    Please delete the unreasonable and hatred comments from “Pakhtun”..

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  • Kashmiri
    Jun 17, 2014 - 8:41AM

    @Pakhtun: Indian/Afghan troll alert, heads up!

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  • Nabeel
    Jun 17, 2014 - 9:40AM

    HOW in the world does the Comment from ‘Pakhtun’ got approved while the mpatriotic comments by many of us get rejected by the ET Moderators. This is seriously objectionable ET.

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  • Mohd
    Jun 17, 2014 - 9:41AM

    @Pakhtun. Indian Hiding under this name. its no coincidence that your minister issued statement the same day against Pakistan when operation started as they feared that the terrorist they are supporting via Afghanistan can no longer survive and with this Indian govt. huge investment against Pakistan is in danger of being destroyed? Indian Government (not people) can never be friends of Pakistan.

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  • Razia
    Jun 17, 2014 - 9:54AM

    @Pakhtun, Coward?? Why? Because they killed more than 200 of your dear Talbans?
    Grow a pair and just shut up.

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  • J
    Jun 17, 2014 - 9:59AM

    @Pakhtun
    Shame on you ET for releasing Pakhtun comment.

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  • Pakhtun
    Jun 17, 2014 - 10:10AM

    @Mohd:

    I’m no Indian. In fact, I challenge you to speak Pashto with me..

    Carry on, I’m waiting.

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  • Pakhtun
    Jun 17, 2014 - 10:11AM

    @Na Pakhtun:
    @listening:

    The innocent civilians being bombed in Waziristan by the military aren’t your people?

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  • Pakhtun
    Jun 17, 2014 - 10:13AM

    @listening:

    The extremists were backed and supported by GHQ Rawalpindi for years.

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  • Pakhtun
    Jun 17, 2014 - 10:16AM

    @Ahmad:

    Truth hurts, huh?

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  • Timorlane
    Jun 17, 2014 - 10:32AM

    Parallel operations should be carried out across the country to flush out the terrorists. Shoot at sight is the only solution. Courts, witnesses, evidence, bail before and after arrest blah blah hogwash is not required because this is war violation of clause 144

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  • Karachiwala
    Jun 17, 2014 - 10:59AM

    @Pakhtun:

    Please forward your location so that F-16 could be despatched in that direction.

    BOOOMMM BOOOMMM BBBOOOOOOMMMMMMMMM

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  • Ahmad
    Jun 17, 2014 - 11:08AM

    Everyone who says that Pak army is bombing its own people should be tried for treason. Jaahils like these are responsible for this mess in our country!

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  • Aliya
    Jun 17, 2014 - 11:11AM

    @Nabeel:
    It is foreign funded just like geo :)

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  • H
    Jun 17, 2014 - 11:15AM

    I agree with @pukhtun that this theory makes a lot of sense.
    14 years and no action was taken, where did these uzbeks come from? why were they let in our country? whose responsibility is it to control the borders?
    they were made and developed by them to fight in kashmir and afghanistan and create havoc here for more budgets. no war – no budgets, something that no one can tolerate.

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  • antanu
    Jun 17, 2014 - 12:07PM

    @H:
    so what…mistakes were committed earlier..so if they want to correct it should not we extend our support.truth is many of you are happy for the mess pakistan is in today and anything which help clearing the mess is not of your liking since you won’t be able to express your hate for pakistan in such an instance.

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  • Pakistani Pakhtoons
    Jun 17, 2014 - 12:11PM

    @Pakhtun: You might be a Afghani Pakhtun we are Pakistani and are with our Pak Army.

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  • Maaz
    Jun 17, 2014 - 12:43PM

    @pakhtun @H

    You both have the same point of view… Mr. H, you agree and Pakhtun theory makes sense to you. OK and so what is next, what do you suggest? Just post comments here or you got any plan? All you can do is just excrete here your nincompoop comments and do NOTHING to resolve the hatred and mess created in “14 years” as you said (although I dont know why this counter is starting from 2000). If army is doing something for you and your future generation then support THEM as you cannot do anything else apparently. And if you cant support then stay the zip up and dont share your misery here as the need now is to get rid of mess once and for all.

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  • Shajeel H Zaidi
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:25PM

    @Pakhtun: While you have every right to express your views, this is a totally uncalled for comment in this hour of need when the Army needs all the support it can get.

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  • Jun 17, 2014 - 2:08PM

    @Pakhtun:
    hey bro, dont say like that, its an emergency time, you should encourage them and support them

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  • Jun 17, 2014 - 2:10PM

    @MK:
    HI, India too supports your action against terrorism.

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  • Jun 17, 2014 - 2:16PM

    @Mohd:
    how you think india is investing against pakistan, I believer we invested for the economic and social growth of afghanistan not to support terrorism

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  • Jun 17, 2014 - 2:21PM

    Great pakistan. Fight terrorism with courage, let the world see your power

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  • think beyond
    Jun 17, 2014 - 3:13PM

    Best wishes with PAK army. But Pak Govt and army should not ONLY focus on fighting terrorists. What are the expected results? All the militants will be gone forever and disappear, no suicide bomb will take place, they will leave their long sought agenda of destabilizing Pakistan and foreign investment in it? First step in given scenario should be military operation. But govt needs to investigate and uncover the foreign involvement. If you keep a close track of all the attacks of militants, they are focused on one agenda, to eliminate all the things that Pakistanis were proud of & make Pakistan a laughing stock in world, by attacking our trains, airport infrastructure, military air bases, eliminating international cricket, weakening our world renowned army by attacking its headquarters and now they are threatening foreign companies in Pakistan. It’s a grand conspiracy against Pakistan, possibly involving several international hidden enemy states. We would have to think that probably Iran has the biggest enemy base in international circuits but why are they secured from terrorism? Probably there is a weakness in us Pakistani that we let anyone get in our state the Americans, Afghans, Taliban, Saudi Arabia etc against dollars.

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  • shenanigans
    Jun 17, 2014 - 11:58PM

    lol. okay. mirza

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  • Leela4fun
    Jun 18, 2014 - 10:03AM

    @ think beyond

    Weakening world renowned army…?

    Yes, the Paki army has a world renowed reputation that is part of military history lore and compares favorably with the Axis army of WW II. It holds the record, circa 1971!

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