Punjab CM Elahi reviews security arrangements for PTI long march

Calls for use of bulletproof rostrum and shields on container

Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi on Wednesday reviewed security arrangements for the PTI long march caravan.

Chairing a meeting in this respect in Toba Tek Singh, the chief minister directed police and administrative officials to ensure the best security arrangements for the long march caravan to be led by PTI leader Asad Umer for the Toba Tek Singh route.

The meeting was informed that the long march caravan would reach Rawalpindi after passing through Jhang, Faisalabad, Jaranwala, Chiniot and other cities. PTI Chairman Imran Khan would address the participants of the long march via a video link, the meeting was further told.

The chief minister directed the authorities concerned to put in order foolproof security arrangements for the long march. He said that long march route would be monitored through drone and CCTV cameras and police commandos would be deployed on rooftops to maintain law and order, asserting that the security plan would be implemented in letter and spirit.

Elahi called for making adequate food arrangements for security personnel and other officials to be deputed, asserting that the police control room would work round the clock.

Focal persons had been appointed in every district of the route in consultation with the PTI leadership and high-level security would be provided to political leaders and the participants of the long march, he maintained.

The CM also called for the use of bulletproof rostrum and bulletproof shields on the long march container.

He said that police and the administration, through excellent coordination, should leave no stone un-turned to safeguard the lives and property of the people, and alternate arrangements should also be made to maintain the traffic flow. He directed the coordination committee to hold meetings on a daily basis and take steps according to the situation.

PTI central leader Asad Umar, Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid, Umar Ayub, Advisor on Home Omar Sarfraz Cheema, Shaukat Bhatti, Punjab Chief Secretary Abdullah Khan Sumbal, Additional Chief Secretary Home Captain (r) Asadullah Khan, Principal Secretary to CM Muhammad Khan Bhatti, Additional IG (Operations), additional IG CTD, additional IG (Special Branch), CCPO Lahore, DIG (Operations), Secretary SH&ME (Secondary Health and Medical Education Department), DG Rescue 1122, Commissioner Faisalabad Division. Commissioner Sargodha Division, RPOs of Faisalabad and Sargodha divisions, deputy commissioners and DPOs of Chiniot, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh and Jhang attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, the chief minister felicitated the Pakistan cricket team for trouncing New Zealand team in the first semi-final of the T-20 World Cup.

In his message, the chief minister acknowledged the splendid performance of Babar Azam, Rizwan and Haris. He said that due to their excellent batting performance Pakistan cricket team reached the T20 world cup final and hoped that Pakistan cricket team would win the world cup.

Separately, Parvez Elahi has sought a report from Gujranwala regional police officer (RPO) on a triple-murder case in Sialkot and ordered an immediate arrest of the accused.

The chief minister said that justice should be provided to the bereaved families. He further ordered that the best treatment facilities should be provided to the injured.

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