ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Police have finalised security arrangements in the capital during Eid holidays when many residents leave Islamabad to be with their families to celebrate the occasion.
The police have also cancelled leave of all officials to ensure better policing in the city.
Islamabad Senior Superintendent of Police Muhammad Ali Nekokara has directed the force to remain vigilant on the eve of Eid and ensuing holidays.
According to the security plan, more than 3,000 policemen will patrol the city to check house burglaries during the holidays. All circles have been tasked with ensuring security for Eid prayers in their jurisdictions.
More than 300 policemen will be deputed at Faisal Mosque on Eid day where walkthrough gates and scanners will also be installed.
“Sub-divisional police officers and station house officers will be responsible of the security of worship places. They may be provided additional force on their request for effective patrolling and security at Eid congregations in various sectors,” a police official said.
The Ministry of Interior has also issued special directions to the Islamabad Police to remain on high-alert and be fully prepared to counter any danger on Eid days.
At last year’s Eid, a suicide bomber entered a mosque in Bhara Kahu after the Eid prayers had just finished but failed to detonate his vest. He was shot dead in an exchange of fire with the mosque’s security guards, one of whom also died in the incident.
Police stations are preparing duty rosters for police teams to patrol their areas round the clock.
“A special focus is to ensure safety of people’s properties and stop incidents of theft and car lifting during Eid holidays.
Police pickets will be erected at all important entry and exit points. Mobile squads of the Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) will also be present at prominent points during Eid congregations and Chand Raat,” he said.
The bomb disposal squad will remain on standby while all public places and parks will be kept under strict vigilance and security cover, the official said.
ITP has also made special plans to regulate traffic on Chaand Raat. All markets and shopping areas will be manned by traffic officials to regulate parking and clear traffic jams.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 26th, 2014.
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