LAHORE - Amid serious terror threats on the eve of Independence Day, unprecedented security measures are put into practice to maintain peace across the country.

Joint security squads including commandoes from the Pak Army and Pakistan Rangers are deployed around important installations, airports, prisons, historic buildings, pubic places, and leading roads to ward off any unwanted situation.

Paramilitary troops are alerted in the insurgency-hit areas in the Khyber-PK and Balochistan provinces while armed patrolling has been intensified in the Punjab, Sindh, Kashmir and GB.

An official in the interior ministry confirmed The Nation that the security, intelligence, and law enforcing agencies are put on high-alert since the country has been confronting the biggest challenge of growing terrorism. The provincial authorities are directed to take all possible measures to ensure foolproof security since terrorists were planning to strike high-profile targets on the occasion.

Thousands of policemen are on-guard to ensure foolproof security in the Punjab province amid serious terror threats on the eve of Independence Day, police sources said on Tuesday.

“Law enforcing agencies are receiving serious threat alerts. Apart from general warnings, there are some specific threats involving important installations in the big cities,” a senior police official at the Central Police Office (CPO) told this reporter on Tuesday. He said that on the orders of provincial police officer, Khan Baig, the police have taken unprecedented security measures to ward off terror threats as thousands of policemen are deployed all over the province. Police patrolling has also been stepped up in sensitive areas.

Heavy police contingents are deployed on important roads, around key government installations, and the entry and exit points of the major province particularly in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, and DG Khan. A good number of plainclothesmen are also deployed at different public places to monitor the activities of the miscreants, a police official said.

“Special cells are also activated at police headquarters to monitor security situation, round-the-clock, at the regional and district level. “On the instructions of the provincial police chief all the Field Officers are directed to carry-out armed patrolling to maintain peace in the Punjab,” a police spokesperson said.

Hundreds of policemen are deployed on dozens of surprise police pickets, set up across the Punjab province, where the police observed two-hour long general hold-up to check the movement of the suspected elements on Tuesday.

In Lahore, more than 8000 additional police personnel are deployed at important points to maintain law and order. The police also have launched search operations against suspected persons in various parts of the provincial metropolis.

“We have also set up a number of surprise pickets to intercept the movement of the suspected elements in Lahore. Search operations against suspected persons are also underway. Cops are directed to remain on their toes since we are receiving serious security threats,” Lahore DIG (Operations) Muhammad Tahir Rai said, when contacted.

Apart from security challenges, the policemen are also deployed across the city to handle eve-teasers and troublemakers on the occasion of Independence Day.

Lahore, Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Sohail Chaudhry on Tuesday visited various main roads to review the traffic arrangements on the eve of Independence Day.

A spokesman of traffic police said that the CTO visited The Mall, Jail Road, Canal Road and other important roads of the city and reviewed special measures adopted to ensure smooth flow of traffic on the Independence Day.

The CTO said that city traffic police had adopted a strategy to ensure smooth traffic flow on roads and it would take stern action against the one-wheelers, and those found involved in rashly driving. The police are also ordered to take strict action against the violators of traffic rules. So far, the traffic police have taken action against 800 motorists for committing traffic rules’ violations including one-wheeling, motorcycle without silencer, pressure-horn, and signal violations.

City district government has already imposed a ban on one-wheeling, motorcycle without silencer, and the use of pressure horns in the vehicles in Lahore.