Islamabad is preparing in full swing for Azadi March led by Maulana Fazlur Rehman of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam- Fazl (JUIF).
Preparations by police for the Azadi March led by Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Ahead of the march, Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Arif Nawaz Khan conducted a video conference with the top command for strategy formulation.
According to Islamabad police, 21,500 security personnel will perform duties during the march.
The personnel of the Anti-Riot Unit (ARU) of the Islamabad police have started training sessions at the Police Line headquarters. Special sessions are being organized to train police officers for handling any unwanted situation during the protest.
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Even in Rawalpindi, more than 6,000 police personnel have been called for maintenance of the law and order situation.
Police has cancelled the leaves of all its officials in Islamabad.
Blockade strategy in case Maulana Fazlur Rehman or his supporters move beyond their agreed locations during Azadi March
Hundreds of containers have been installed at various locations around the capital. Containers have been placed at the five-lane Faizabad interchange. Only two lanes have been left open for traffic.
The Red Zone area is covered with containers to prevent entry of the protesters.
Further, the strategy to control the protesters includes tear gas shells, water cannons, guns and vans to take the violators away.
Containers have been placed near exit points so that the capital can be sealed immediately if there is any break-down of communication with the protesters ahead of Fazlur Rehman’s entry into the capital.
The leaders of JUIF have been placed under surveillance. Further, seminaries under JUIF have also been put under surveillance to limit the participation of students in the long march.
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The special branch of the police department will collect information about the affiliation of the religious seminaries, teachers and students associated with the JUIF.
Intelligence officials have been deployed around seminaries to keep a check on those visiting the premises.
Rent-a-car service providers, hotels and catering services are also being monitored.
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