Islamabad police beef up Red Zone security to ward off security threat

Published September 21, 2022
<p>A road leading to the Red Zone area in Islamabad was sealed by the police. — Photo provided by Shakeel Qarar</p>

A road leading to the Red Zone area in Islamabad was sealed by the police. — Photo provided by Shakeel Qarar

The Islamabad Capital Territory Police (ICT) on Tuesday said the security at entry and exit points of the city's Red Zone areas has been beefed up to ward off any possible law and order situation in light of a political rally "headed towards Islamabad from Punjab".

The ICT, in a tweet, explained that the security was bolstered as "some people" are headed towards Islamabad to have their political demands accepted."

The beefing up of security also comes ahead of Imran Khan's expected indictment in contempt of court proceedings against him for passing controversial remarks against Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry.

Separately, PTI Chairman Imran Khan had on Sept 2 issued a "fresh warning" to the Shehbaz Sharif-led coalition government about marching towards the capital if it “continued to torture” his party’s leaders and workers.

Meanwhile, Dawn reported that the Capital police had on Tuesday sought 30,000 police personnel from provinces and paramilitary forces to deal with PTI's march.

The police officers said the request was made to the provinces in response to directives from politicians ruling the country. However, no response has so far been received from the provinces, they added.

The officers said a contingent of 20,000 personnel was requested from Punjab, 4,000 from KP while 6,000 personnel was asked from Rangers and Frontier Constabulary (FC).

A contingent of 3,000 FC personnel is already present in the capital and were asked to assist the capital police, officers added.

Sanaullah warns of action if protesters move towards D-Chowk

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah ruled out the possibility of talks with Imran — whom he termed "insane". The minister said a protest was a democratic right and it could be held at F-9 Park.

He warned of dealing the protesters with an iron hand if they tried to move towards the D-Chowk.

Separately, PTI leader Shireen Mazari condemned the government's sealing of the Red Zone areas, saying that doing so won't change the public's opinion about the "imported government".

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