Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.—AFP (File Photo)

RAWALPINDI: With just one day to go before the end of the current National Assembly’s term, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf issued an order on Friday for an “unprecedented security protocol” for himself and former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, according to sources.

A contingent of 450 police personnel would be taken from Islamabad police for that purpose as 150 of them would be deployed for Mr Ashraf while the same number of personnel would be deployed for Mr Gilani.

In a related move, it has been decided that special security protocol would be provided to five former prime ministers during their inter-city movement.

They include Raja Pervez Ashraf, Yousuf Raza Gilani, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Zafarullah Khan Jamali as they would be provided a special squad of 15 Rangers and 15 Frontier Constabulary force with three police and a Ranger vehicle during their movement in the twin-cities.

A batch of five deputy superintendents of police of Islamabad territory, led by deputy inspector general (DIG) Dr Sultan Azam Taimoori, were called at the PM house on Friday evening for selection of a DSP to head the force, sources said.

A contingent of 450 police personnel consisting of ex-army jawans, inducted in the ICT police by the former government on a three year contract, will be spared for this purpose and the vacuum created by their departure will be filled after fresh recruitment, sources said.

Concerned over the move, some senior police officials reportedly opposed the idea.

Source said the security squad comprised police commandoes, trained by US experts, would be led by a Deputy Superintendent of Police whose selection was made today as all of the DSP rank officers were called for interview.

But some of them slipped after getting information that they would be posted for security duty of ex-premiers. However, after long sessions of interviews, the selection became possible.

To avoid inconvenience while performing VVIP security duty, the Rawalpindi police had proposed a helipad in Gujar Khan in the native town of Raja Pervez Ashraf.

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SP Bansal
March 16, 2013 2:42 am
And Pakistan is supposed to be poor state, begging for funds. All of Pakistanis have same mind set.
March 16, 2013 2:52 am
March 16, 2013 3:04 am
Are these our public figures?? A sorry state of affairs... Its our tax money being spent and made us a beggar nation for doing any development works. A realization to exercise austerity (at national level) far from our national character rapidly deteriorating. May Allah give us wisdom... Ameen
March 16, 2013 3:30 am
What about the life security of other citizens who are being killed daily in different cities especially in Karachi, are they not human beings and is Rajaji not responsible for ensuring their security? Can somebody tell him that Indira Gandhi who was a real VVIP was killed by her own Guard. This is another example of waste of tax payers' money by these incompetent and corrupt leaders.
March 16, 2013 3:40 am
Welcome to Pakistan one more time. Could this be possible in any other place in the World? I feel sorry for the poor people of Pakistan
March 16, 2013 4:03 am
So typical of these crooks. While there is no security for the common person in Pakistan these corrupt rulers have the audacity to orders hundreds of security personal to save their useless lives.
March 16, 2013 4:09 am
Who will safe the poor peoples?????????????????????????????????????????????????
March 16, 2013 4:49 am
Fewer Police left for our security! Great!
March 16, 2013 5:53 am
friendly fire anyone?
March 16, 2013 7:13 am
At least report with fairness .. Why is the fifth prime minister's name not mentioned I.e Nawaz Sharif. Stop spreading panic and negativity.
ishrat salim
March 16, 2013 7:48 am
they are supposed to be people`s representatives and must be near their own people......
March 16, 2013 8:31 am
Thank God;from tonight these corrupt members will be out ----- we pray that the our country is in the better hands . we request the concerned authorities to make sure that all security /police is move and utilised for the security of ordinary citizen, like 12,000 policemen where handling these blady in sindh only we request the supreme court for the court order that the names found under NRO should not be allowed to participate in coming elections and that any name found under the default and goes into court to get a stay or have a stay should not be allowed to be a member of the assembalies--- this will be a great service supreme court can give ---- Fnally it looks that infuture we will be needing two supreme courts one dealing only with these corrupt politicians and other for ordinary citizens
March 16, 2013 8:40 am
I find it hard to believe that yet again this govt is wasting public money on themselves when ordinary people live every day under the threat of terror. Why do they consider that current security arrangements are inadequate. Pakistanis should ask the question as why PMS & Presidents are being treated differently under the constitution as regards their own security once they leave service.
Ali G
March 16, 2013 8:54 am
insult to injury!
Shafi Muhammad
March 16, 2013 9:31 am
Yes it is necessary because they national most wanted person so let they should b arrested so that they should not runway from Pakistan because they can not face voters and cowered people .
March 16, 2013 11:17 am
They know their fate and their ultimate end very well, just trying to play more, but they don't understand and believe this. "The distinction of servant and lord has put mankind into turmoil; Beware, oh powerful ones; the penalties of nature are harsh" Allama IQBAL RA
Ganesh (Indian
March 16, 2013 1:59 pm
Why blame Pakisthani's in general for that. These type of things happen almost everywhere in the world. Simply that Pakisthani news paper is highlighting it.....
March 16, 2013 2:05 pm
Put them in jail and appoint 450 policemen for their protection. Nonsense.
March 16, 2013 3:03 pm
If the PM's had done some good for Pakistan then there would not have been any need of security. They are scared because people know they have loot in there possession therefore they need security. People of Pakistan will get it back by hook or by crook. Inshallah! They should not forget what happened to the president of Romania in the resent history and to Czar in the past. Allah is Great and he is watching. These people can't take there loot into there graves.
March 16, 2013 3:28 pm
It shows their popularity.
March 16, 2013 4:28 pm
WOW!!! Definitely shows how people oriented these Pakistani leaders are.
Inamur Rahim Khan
March 16, 2013 5:02 pm
Why go too far, you have the example of Gov.SalmanTaseer. Was Rafique Hariri spared with the best possible security, signal jamming, armoured plated cars of his entourage and what not? Can death be denied by humans, nobody is eternal except God The Almighty.
March 16, 2013 5:53 pm
Asraf and Gilani both are dishonest and corrupt and they are affraid of their livies.They are not better than any person walking on the street without any security. When common man dies on the street , that's not their loss and when Gilani or Ashraf gets killed on the street that's also not common man's loss and not to mention sky is not going to fall either.
Agha Ata (USA)
March 16, 2013 6:06 pm
I thought their party was the most popular loved party in Pakistan.
March 16, 2013 8:04 pm
They need special security. They have done massive corruption and people are victim of their loot khasoot. Some one will go and take on these bastards. I wish that happens even after they get special security. One of their guards will do the work.
March 17, 2013 4:42 am
Rajaji became PM by chance such an opportunity he will never get in his lifetime again. So why not to show to the people that he is also something. His security is not the real issue, the problem with such leaders is their poor mentality and their ignorance of things that really matter.
SH Ali
March 17, 2013 12:23 pm
Application of your thoughts on generalized basis is another mindset!!!
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