Exceptional preparations for Pakistan Day parade

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Capital’s entry, exit points would be sealed; Mobile phone service to remain suspended

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad—With Pakistan Day just four days away, stringent security measures are being taken in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi to avoid any untoward incident during the military parade- the event which was resumed last year after a hiatus of seven years.
Sources said that all security structures in the capital have been directed to remain on high alert. Mainly the contingents of Pakistan Army and Rangers will be looking after the security of the parade avenue and the surrounding areas.
According to sources, a meeting will be held in the capital on Saturday to give final shape to the security and traffic plan. In addition to the deployment of contingents by Pakistan Army, about 3700 police personnel are likely to be deployed at main points to provide protection to the participants of the parade. Snipers and sniffer dogs will also be deployed to avert any threat.
As part of security measures, mobile service in the capital will also be suspended during the military parade. The whole city would be sealed on March 23 with erecting police pickets at all exit and entry points. The Station House Officers of areas concerned would patrol the areas whereas SDPOs and SPs would monitor the patrolling. The sources said that well-equipped police commandoes would also be deputed on rooftops of the buildings located in sensitive areas.
Meanwhile preparations are in full swing to organize armed forces Pakistan Day Parade in a befitting manner. Troops and organizers are busy round the clock in rehearsals and making other administrative arrangements. Residents of the twin cities are also taking special interest in the rehearsal of troops and visiting the bridge on Faizabad interchange to witness the rehearsals such as free fall jumps and aerobatic maneuvers of fighter jets of Pakistan Air Force.
Full dress rehearsal has been planned on 21st March and special traffic arrangements have also been made in order to facilitate the commuters on both the days.
Participating troops include foot columns of Army, Navy, PAF, Frontier Corps , Northern Light Infantry, Mujahid Force, Islamabad Police, Tri-Services Lady officers, Tri-Services Armed Forces Nursing Service, Girls Guide, Boys Scouts, Special Service Group from three Services, mechanized columns of Armoured Corps, Artillery, Army Air Defence, Signals, Engineers, Army Strategic Force Command, Camel Band and Presidents Body Guard.

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