Islamabad - The three-day anti-polio campaign starting from March 16 is likely to hit snags in the twin cities after security agencies have expressed inability to provide security to polio teams in the wake of their engagement in thrashing out plans vis-à-vis Pakistan Day parade.

City Police Officer (CPO) Rawalpindi Israr Abbasi has written a letter to the district coordination officer Rawalpindi asking him to postpone the drive till the end of this month, as, according to him, the police were busy making security arrangements ahead of the Pakistan Day parade which falls on March 23.

The CPO has argued that if the police escort was not provided to the polio teams, they may be exposed to potential risks, as, according to him, all police personnel have been assigned duties to ensure foolproof security arrangements for the national event.

The Islamabad police have also not yet given a green signal to the local administration to provide security to the polio teams that will have to go door-to-door to administer polio drops.

It is worth mentioning here that many areas in the twin cities are considered highly risky and sensitive and polio teams have been targeted in Rawalpindi in the past.