LAHORE – The Punjab police has will provide complete security to Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri-led march to be set off today (Sunday).
The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting presided over by Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Khan Baig at the Central Police Office (CPO) on Saturday. The senior officers were also present in the meeting, official said.
During the meeting, the strategy was finalised to provide security cover to the long march. DIG (Operations) Sohail Ahmed Khan has been nominated as coordinator to supervise the security arrangements. Inspector Zeegham on behalf of Elite Police Force will remain in touch with the police of different districts to ensure security-related coordination.
The Elite Force will escort the convoy of Qadri from Lahore while additional police would also be deployed on the sensitive parts of the route. Similarly, the police of concerned district will provide security cover to the march in their respective regions as per the plan given by Qadri.
A control room has also been established at the CPO where a team of senior police officers would monitor the security.
Also on Saturday, Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Muhammad Aslam Tareen met Dr Qadri and discussed with him security for his procession.
According to officials, the CCPO also informed the Minhaj chief about the security threats and possible terror attempts.
“At least 10,000 policemen are alerted for the security of marchers. The cops will be deployed on the routes and other identified spots to maintain peace in Lahore,” the officials said. The police commandoes and snipers would also be deployed at the rooftop of the high-rise buildings located on both sires of the route of the march in Lahore.
CCPO Tareen also told reporters that more than 200 plainclothesmen would remain alert to keep an eye on suspects.
The DIG (Operations) will personally monitor the security in Lahore and the CCPO along with a team of special police would also pay a visit to the march route before its start.
A couple of days, the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) warned that militants might attack march. According to the Punjab government, the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has tasked three suicide bombers to target the rally.