ISLAMABAD: The police have made an elaborate security plan for New Year’s Eve in the capital, including deploying 2,000 personnel to maintain the peace.

According to a press release, the plan for finalised by Inspector General of Police Islamabad Mohammad Aamir Zulfiqar in a meeting on Monday night attended by Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations) Waqaruddin Syed, Director General Safe City Sarfaraz Ahmed Falki, senior superintendents of police (SSP) security, traffic, Counter Terrorism Force, law and order, assistant inspector general of police (Special Branch) (AIG), AIG (operations) and additional and zonal superintendents of police (SP).

IGP Zulfiqar issued directions to deploy a police contingent in key places, shopping centres and markets.

He added that people should behave and avoid any irresponsible activities.

Wheelies, firing into the air or letting off fireworks will not be allowed

Following the IGP’s directives, all police officials will ensure deployment in their respective areas while police commandos will be deployed in different areas and police patrols will be carried out.

All police stations have been directed to arrangement foolproof security in their areas while Islamabad Traffic Police teams have been formed to ensure traffic slows smoothly.

The traffic police will also coordinate with the capital’s police to maintain law and order and control traffic, the IGP directed.

He also said wheelies, firing into the air or letting off fireworks will not be allowed and every possible measure will be taken to ensure people’s lives and property are protected.

The DIG (operations) will supervise security arrangements.

Meanwhile, the capital administration on Monday imposed a ban on removing of silencers from motorcycles to avoid public nuisance on New Year’s night, officials said.

It has been brought to the notice of the district magistrate that some motorcyclists are likely to create public nuisance on New Year’s eve by removing the vehicles’ silencers.

Therefore Magistrate Islamabad Hamza Shafqaat imposed the ban for two days and prohibited the use of motorcycles without silencers.

Published in Dawn, December 31st, 2019