ISLAMABAD - The federal government has asked the Islamabad Capital Territory administration to work out a comprehensive strategy to deal with the law and order and avert any untoward incident on March 23 at the Parade Avenue here, it has been learnt.

According to sources, it has been directed to issue a notification to temporarily shut the religious seminaries and allied hostels within the radius of two kilometres of Parade Avenue from March 18 to March 24. The sources said that almost 41 religious seminaries fall within the radius which will be ordered to close for at least 7 days.

“The allied hostels would also be vacated temporarily as the city administration would soon issue a notification in this regard”, a senior officer in the ICT told this scribe on condition of anonymity.

The joint military parade of the country’s armed forces will take place on Pakistan Day, after a gap of seven years amid heightened tensions with eastern neighbour, India. The parade will be organised by joint staff headquarters Rawalpindi, which oversees the all three armed forces of the country.

The venue for the parade is yet to be formally announced but most likely it will be the Parade Avenue, the sources added. The last military parade had taken place on March 23, 2008 during the tenure of Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf as the civilian president.

The Pakistan Day parade – a yearly expression of country’s military – hasn’t been held since 2008 because of security concerns and terrorism threats. All the three military services - Air Force, Army and Navy – would participate in the March 23 parade.