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Musharraf to enjoy full security


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Former President of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf.—File Photo.

ISLAMABAD: As former president Pervez Musharraf is expected to arrive in Islamabad on March 28, security forces have begun making arrangements for his time in the city, including the deployment of three commandos at his home and road blockades and increased vigilance in the area.

A meeting at which officials from the police, the Interior Ministry and the intelligence agencies were to discuss arrangements for Musharraf's security, scheduled for Tuesday, was unexpectedly postponed, sources revealed. The police, however, have ‘finalized’ their contribution.

The local police will station three of its commandos outside Pervez Musharraf's farmhouse in Chak Shahzad, in the outskirts of Islamabad. According to a senior police official, “the protocols outlined in the Blue Book state that former heads of state are entitled to security protection”. However, he continued, “they don't specify anything about the number of personnel or the specific arrangements.”

The police have put roadblocks around the farmhouse and on nearby access roads, slowing approaching vehicles for ‘security purposes’. Personnel at the Shahzad Town police station will be deployed at temporary pickets to scrutinise people approaching the residence.

While the intelligence agencies have been less forthcoming about their contributions to security for the former president, their officers are reported to be “performing their duties” around Musharraf’s home.

Police superintendents are deeply involved in the arrangements, with the SP City and SP Rural both expected to receive Musharraf when he arrives at Benazir Bhutto International Airport, from where they will escort him to his farmhouse.

The SP City will be responsible for providing security personnel during Musharraf's movements in Islamabad, coordinating with the former president's staff as needed.

In a press conference in Karachi, Musharraf claimed that he would come to Islamabad on March 28. The date is not yet firm, however, and according to a police official, the officers responsible for Musharraf's security have not been given any concrete details. “Usually, officers receive details a few hours beforehand,” the official said, suggesting that the lack of prior information was a way of ensuring greater safety.

The increase in security for the former president has been felt throughout the capital. Police have begun more stringent checking procedures at Islamabad's entry and exit points, and various other Islamabad locations have been identified for greater thoroughness. At traffic lights, female police officers have been deployed to more easily investigate suspicious women.

Inspector General of Police Bani Amin Khan has ordered that additional police forces be deployed at ‘sensitive locations’ and important buildings, some of them plainclothes officers charged with ‘remaining vigilant against suspicious elements’.

Other officers, armed with sophisticated weapons, have been stationed on strategic rooftops. Individual police stations have formed special police teams to patrol their jurisdictions more frequently.

“As part of our security preparation,” the IGP explained, “we will provide additional logistical support and manpower to all police stations. Rescue-15 and police commandos are also taking part in patrolling." The police have also organised a Quick Response Force, which is to remain ready in the event of any ‘untoward situation’.

From Rescue-15, a squad of Falcon vehicles has been ordered to patrol the city and maintain regular contact with the heads of the police stations.

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MSAlvi Mar 27, 2013 03:06am
It is hood. Musharraf must be provided maximum security. He is an invaluable man. I hope he succeeds in helping Pakistan at this difficult time.
Zain Mar 27, 2013 03:35am
what do you mean by Enjoy; I would be biting my tongue DAWN news, but you people are biased. Acting like a typical second-class media; after reading the heading, one should get angry? Your responsibility is to make people aware of the current happenings, not making decisions; general public is wise enough to do that.
imran Mar 27, 2013 04:02am
fancy names for inept force!!!
havi Mar 27, 2013 04:12am
To allow new young leaders to hold torch of nation's fate, all old politicians including Musharaf to stay on sideline. Torch should be passing to next young blood as patriotism is a real jist of democracy. salute of Imran Khan who at least pave for new faces and young bloods !
Perry Mar 27, 2013 04:20am
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Iqbal khan Mar 27, 2013 04:44am
One information is that soon he will move to President house?
Shaan Mar 27, 2013 05:34am
Ayaz Mar 27, 2013 06:08am
What happened to those SC orders? Was that just a drama?
zehri Mar 27, 2013 06:20am
its high time we should not waste funds on any retied/member of assemblies or any such organization --- they are ordinary citizen ----
Abid Mar 27, 2013 07:13am
President Musharraf does need all the security as needed by ex head of the state.
sami Mar 27, 2013 07:19am
An immigrant from India now living in a billion Rs house in Chak Shehzad will have to drain our security budget further for his security. He already had enough money laundering to have built that house...If you cant live as a man with fists up as you did before Mr. Musharraf, I suggest you retire into a refuge in Dubai. Shame....
khanm Mar 27, 2013 08:42am
Dear Folks Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
desert Mar 27, 2013 09:09am
I dont understand what Dawn means here by 'Full security', does deployment of 3 Police 'commandos' means full security? if that is the Case, I hope God is Kind to Musharraf.
Gerry D'Cunha Mar 27, 2013 09:18am
Ayaz: are you not aware of SC's drama in so many cases? pakistan has become a drama country in the world - no country takes pakistan serious
Abdur Razzaque Mar 27, 2013 09:29am
A true patriot of a country is loved and respected by everybody!
Abdur Razzaque Mar 27, 2013 09:34am
Sorry, he is no longer an existing president of Pakistan. Once he was like other presidents!
bilal Mar 27, 2013 10:00am
long live musharraf !!!!!
hammad Mar 27, 2013 10:16am
A true patriot of a country always make strong and valuable decisions regardless of the consequences on to his life and this is what Musharraf is paying the price for .Either you be selfless and make sleepy and unaware nation of Pakistan happy or you be selfish and think about troubled Pakistan . Musharraf is widely hated because of the media campaign against him .Bear this in mind .he is the one who provided them with the opportunities but we are known to destroy our own helping hands.He literally organised events for media correspondents and requested them to criticize him but do not carry out such programs or debates which clashes with the interest of Pakistan .He is threatened by the militants who have openly beheaded people ,does not support or i must say does not believe in the rights of the women ,(completely against the teaching of islam) thus pushing us back to the dark ages .In this scenario ,it should be an honor for Musharraf to have such a high security ..I wish we should not have enjoyed such a change in life style during the Musharraf regime..
Sayeed Altaf hussein Mar 27, 2013 10:32am
has he not taken on the like of qurashi
KHAN Mar 27, 2013 10:44am
A Sheikh Mar 27, 2013 10:55am
Do you have any idea what waste is. Last five years have been enormous waste in every way. The reason Pakistan ended up with Zardari, is because the nation did not respect good leaders - Ayub, Zia or Musharraf - not perfect, but far better than the PPP tola we have had. The nation needs to start respecting good leaders.
Hayat Khan Mar 27, 2013 11:01am
Does the security will be deployed only for former persident Pervez Musharraf house or for ony Musharraf. Now he become a politician. he has to arrange arrange meeting , election campain regarding comming election. In may view a political person should not required so huge security that are equipped with huge aurmour. if a Pakistan politician survive in such keep blanket then a question arises over here that how he will salove and here the problem of normal person.
Sheikh Faraz Mar 27, 2013 11:22am
What ever you will do with constitution of Pakistan at the end of the day you are fully secured interesting!!!
Riaz Mar 27, 2013 11:27am
What new faces for Imran Khan? Have you looked at his team? All filled with lotas from other parties. They are not new faces, just same ol' wrinkle faced guys! Get your facts straight.
a Mar 27, 2013 11:53am
We love you Mushi..... I sincerely wish and hope that inshallah you are able to help this country out of the bad times we in
Saleem Mar 27, 2013 12:03pm
I agree with Ayub, and Musharraf, but Zia was the worst thing happend to Pakistan and humanity. He is the one of main reason of extremism in Pakistan.
Raja Mar 27, 2013 12:40pm
Our next President Musharraf and next Prime Minister Imran.
Shaikh Ahmed Mar 27, 2013 01:26pm
I am in total with A. Sheikh, If you want to see who was the first President of Pakistan who had image of Pakistan that was President Ayub Khan. # 2. Was General Musharraf, General Zia was now where only he promoted Islam. Though our Country was build on Islamic values, but no one could do any thing for these kind of issues. Zai is this person who had created Zardari after killing his father-in-law, I have seen him during his second peach near Mazama Qua id where he had through his Coat at that time. I said to my three friends that he will be fraud that was the reason for making of Bangladesh that was Bhutto.
Assad Mar 27, 2013 01:51pm
Is the constitution supreme or the Country itself?
Assad Mar 27, 2013 01:52pm
"Ex" as in former, not existing!
Assad Mar 27, 2013 01:54pm
You cannot try him because he has legal indemnity for the takeover which was signed on by the very CJP at the helm of the SC of Pakistan today.
Assad Mar 27, 2013 01:56pm
Musharraf, the only statesman that Pakistan has had for a while. Value him, otherwise you are bound to be stuck with the two bit wheelers and dealers like Zardari and Nawaz Sharif.
raz102raz Mar 27, 2013 03:24pm
A characteristic of a true leader, need more people to protect him then he hope to represent. Way to go Musharraf!
Waqas Shaikh Mar 27, 2013 04:23pm
It is sad and tragic that some people still support Musharraf, a person who has ruined Pakistan during his 9 year rule. He illegaly over threw an elected government. He fired Hon. Chief Justice in voilation of the constitution. He compromised the soveriegnty of Pakistan and brought all the bloddshed of Afghanistan. He blatantly voilated constitution of Pakistan several times. I am not sure why he has not been arrested. He should have not been been granted bail. He is a Persona Not Grata.
Cyrus Howell Mar 27, 2013 04:42pm
"Musharraf to enjoy full security." Was there ever any doubt?
Cyrus Howell Mar 27, 2013 04:52pm
Everyone in Pakistan needs an armed security guard.
wahid Mar 27, 2013 06:35pm
thanks for your accurate analysis.....Zia destroyed the very fabric of our society and left us in terrible state
hyderphd74 Mar 27, 2013 07:34pm
Can you explain what you mean. Sir.
Salman Saifi Mar 27, 2013 07:47pm
Salman Saifi Mar 27, 2013 08:12pm
Ex Military Chiefs have never worked out as politicians. He was a dictator and still remains one. How can he shed his military routine and become a politician?? he was never a politician. Always blunt and can be easily puzzled by cross questionings. Retire sir, go live a retired life, occasionally bless us with your special appearances with your analysis of our political and defense issues every now and then. We are burdened by your compromised NRO anyways. it is enough for us to remember you always.
hyderphd74 Mar 27, 2013 08:17pm
The "treacherous coup" is what saved Pakistan. It is said that hind sight is always twenty-twenty, but Pakistanis are proving otherwise. For them even hind sight is not twenty-twenty.
hyderphd74 Mar 27, 2013 08:23pm
If general public was wise enough the country would not have sunk to the bottom of this mess. Electing Ms. Bhutto and Mr. N. Sharif twice each is itself a proof that the country is any thing but wise.
khalidmurad1 Mar 27, 2013 08:25pm
Do you mean to say that he should have saved national money as Zardari, Raja Rental, Gialani and their gang did?
Riaz Khan Mar 27, 2013 09:00pm
Very true indeed otherwise rule of jungle will prevail!
Asif Mar 27, 2013 09:27pm
I wish him all the luck and pray that Allah keep him safe. Ameen. We all have a lot of work to do to improve Pakistan and Sir Musharraf will help us all in that endeavour.
thoughtpurification Mar 27, 2013 09:52pm
Immigrant from India was four years old..There was no Pakistan till members of his family and like minded people struggled. All Pakistani before Aug.1947 were Indians . Hatred and provincialism against 4 yrs. old .Shame to you Sami. How much did you struggle for Pakistan or you are an ill deserving inheritor.
abdul Mar 28, 2013 03:03am
zia was a good leader!
Mustafa Mar 28, 2013 04:40am
Raja Saheb, how do you Musharraf and Imran are in the same boat. Imran is a "Protest March" man and Musharraf is a "Law and Order" man.
Mustafa Mar 28, 2013 04:50am
Competence and expertise counts not age.
PARVAIZ Mar 28, 2013 09:53am
Immediate accountability and all charges cases against Musharraf should be started after arresting him he should make himself clear and clean from the courts before contesting for election after damaging Pakistan for several years enjoying 5 years in USA UK came again to do all to destroy country fors usa interests GOD BLESS PAKISTAN...
Fred Mar 28, 2013 08:23pm
Very very very well said.
Silajit Mar 28, 2013 09:56pm
Will this be the same "full security" that he provided to Benazir ? Or will this be "more full" than that?
Shruti Mar 28, 2013 11:10pm
different people have different ways of making the country succeed. Which is why constitutions are made to guide in times of conflict.