LAHORE   -   Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Fayyaz Ahmed Dev Thursday warmly welcomed the Australian Cricket Team in Lahore and vowed to provide foolproof security to both Pakistan and Australian cricket teams during their stay in the city. The Pakistan and Australian cricket teams arrived in the provincial capital yesterday amid tight security to play the last cricket match of the scheduled three test-match series. It is to be noted here that the Australian Cricket Team is visiting Pakistan in nearly a quarter of a century and in a high security bubble. Lahore police, on the directions of CCPO Lahore Fayyaz Ahmed Dev, had made stringent security arrangements on the arrival of both teams and the officials with them. DIG Operations Dr Abid Khan, CTO Muntazir Mehdi, SSP Operations Capt (r) Mustansar Feroze, and other senior police officers reached the Allama Iqbal Airport to accompany the Pakistan and Australian cricket teams to hotel on specified routes in foolproof security. As many as 8,000 police officers including SSP, DSPs, and SHOs will perform security duty during stay of both cricket teams in Lahore. The CCPO issued directions to the police officers to ensure best arrangements and keep a vigilant eye on suspicious activities while being vigilant. The CCPO also directed the policemen to treat citizens, visiting the stadium, in a polite manner. He said that heavy police contingents would accompany the teams during their movement from hotel to stadium. “The teams will be brought to the stadium in a strict security tier. More than 8,000 policemen will be deployed for the security purpose. Four-layer security arrangements will be made for the players, officials and the citizens,” said the CCPO and added that the security would be kept on high alert during all matches in Lahore. He maintained that the Lahore police had played an important role for the revival of cricket events in the city. “Lahore police have complete support of Punjab Safe Cities Authority, district administration, Pakistan Cricket Board, and the law enforcement agencies to ensure foolproof security so that citizens could enjoy these matches in a peaceful atmosphere,” he stated.

“Lahore police will also monitor all the activities on routes and surrounding areas during the movement of teams through the CCTV cameras of Punjab Safe Cities Authority,” he added.