Buzdar directs foolproof security arrangements for T20 matches 13,000 cops to perform security duty during cricket matches


Amraiz Khan

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar directing foolproof security for T20 matches of Pakistan and Sri Lankan cricket teams, said on Wednesday that all departments concerned should perform their duties in a coordinated manner.
Presiding over a meeting in his office to review security arrangements, he ordered a high quality arrangements on the occasion.
The chief minister said that shuttle buses would provide pick and drop facility and both the teams would be provided box security.
“All-out arrangements will be made for peaceful holding of matches,” he added. He also directed to make best arrangements inside and outside of the stadium, and assured that Punjab government would extend every possible cooperation to the Pakistan Cricket Board.
He directed the cabinet committee on law & order to regularly review security arrangements during the matches. “The visitors will be provided with the best possible facilities and peaceful holding of matches will be ensured,” he added.
He said that holding matches in a peaceful atmosphere was the matter of national dignity and no compromise would be made on it.
“Duties will have to be performed vigilantly to foil the nefarious designs of the wicked enemy,” the CM ordered.
He directed to follow traffic plan in letter and spirit, added that citizens should not face any difficulty in this regard.
He said that traffic would be temporarily stopped during the movement of teams so that citizens might not face any difficulty.
“The people should also be regularly informed about alternate traffic arrangements,” he added.
The chief minister said that suitable arrangements should be made to provide meals to the duty staff and cleanliness arrangements should also be the best.
He hoped that cricket lovers would enjoy the best play in a peaceful atmosphere.
The chief minister said that the arrival of Sri Lankan cricket team was the revival of international cricket and this had helped to restore sports activities in Pakistan.
He said that Lahorities wanted to see their favourite players in action. “Uninterrupted supply of electricity should be ensured inside the stadium as well as its entry and exit points,” he said.
The line departments should perform their duties according to the devised plan, concluded the chief minister.
Earlier, a briefing was given about match arrangements and security plan and the chief minister was informed that13416 police and security officials would be deputed for security.
The government was allocating nine parking areas for the events and 68 shuttle buses would be available to take cricket enthusiasts to the stadium.
Provincial ministers Raja Basharat, Muhammad Hashim Dogar, Muhammad Taimoor Khan Bhatti, Ansar Majeed Khan Niazi, Chief Secretary, ACS, ACS (Home), cricket board officials and others attended the meeting.
As many as 13,000 policemen will perform security duty during the cricket matches between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the city.
A meeting regarding security arrangements for Sri Lankan cricket team was held here on Wednesday. DIG Operations Ashfaq Khan, CTO Lahore, SSP Admin, SSP Operations, divisional SPs and DSPs attended the meeting.
The CCPO said that Sri Lankan Cricket team had come after10 years and all possible resources would be utilised for security of the guests. Cricket matches were honour for Pakistan, he added.
He expressed satisfaction on security arrangements and said that alternate traffic arrangements had been made for citizens.
He directed that senior police officers would continue monitoring of security arrangements during the matches.
Meanwhile, the CCPO visited route from hotel to Qadafi Stadium to review security arrangements and also reviewed arrangements inside the stadium. He directed to increase number of policemen on enclosers.