Pakistan: Islamabad in the grip of tight security

Islamabad, July 27: Security officials in Pakistan’s federal capital Islamabad remained on high alert during and after the announcement of the Supreme Court (SC) judgement against the ruling of the Punjab Assembly’s deputy speaker in the election for the chief minister of the province, Dawn reported on Wednesday.
Officers said well-equipped police, including Anti-Riot Unit and Counter-Terrorism Department, were deployed at a dozen sensitive and important places in order to secure government installations and maintain public order. The police contingent, including six platoons, were deployed at the entry gates for the judges, public and lawyers, they said.
The superintendent of police (SP) Supreme Court was made responsible for the security of the SC and take decision as per the situation, they added.
Four platoons were deployed at Express Chowk, followed by three near a hotel at Khayaban-i-Suhrawardi, two each at Nadra Headquarters Chowk, Agha Khan Road, one each at Bari Imam T-Cross and Margalla Road, they said, adding that five platoons were put on standby near Secretariat police station.
AIG Special Branch was asked to mount surveillance and intelligence and spread his subordinates to collect prior information, the officials said adding that he was further asked for technical sweeping at the important places and deployed bomb disposal squad along with policemen in plain clothes.
The district magistrate was asked to deploy magistrate who according to the security plan arranged ambulances along with paramedical staff and fire engines, the officers said, adding that all the supervisory officers were asked to ensure security with assistance of the deployments. (UNI)