Rawalpindi - City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi yesterday said that a total of 2,000 security personnel would perform duties to ensure foolproof security on the occasion of military parade on March 23 (Pakistan Day) in Parade Ground.

Police have devised a comprehensive security plan for ensuring law and order on March 23, he added.

CPO Israr Ahmed said that the personnel of police, special branch, traffic police, elite force and women police would perform special security duties. He said that policemen on motorcycles and horses would also patrol in different areas of the city to keep a vigil on suspects.

The CPO further said that the garrison city would completely be sealed on the occasion of the parade. Heavy contingents of police would be deployed at all entry and exit routes in the city.

For better security, the police had divided the city in different sectors. The police had set up special pickets at different points within the city to check all the vehicles and persons entering in the city.

“All the station house officers will enhance patrolling in their respective areas. The SPs and SDPOs/DSPs will monitor the patrolling of the police,” he said. He further said that police pickets would also be set up at high rise buildings in sensitive areas.

Meanwhile, as many as 424 traffic wardens, including senior officers, will control traffic, besides guiding and facilitating the motorists, on the occasion of Pakistan Day parade to be held on March 23 at Parade Ground.

The senior officers include 6 DSPs and 16 inspectors, said Chief Traffic Officer Shoaib Khurram Janbaz while announcing traffic plan yesterday.

CTO Shoaib said that the entry of all kinds of heavy traffic would be banned in the city on March 23, adding that the traffic movement from Rawalpindi to Islamabad and Islamabad to Faizabad would also remain suspended till end of the parade. He said that similarly the traffic approaching Islamabad from Murree Road Rawalpindi would be diverted from Double Road and the commuters would reach their destinations via 9th Avenue. He added the vehicles plying on Islamabad Expressway from Koral Chowk would be diverted to Service Road from Khanna Bridge and they would reach Islamabad through Stadium Road and 9th Avenue.

The CTO said that traffic police have devised comprehensive traffic plan and placed diversions on different points in the city to avoid any traffic rush on occasion of Pakistan Day parade. He appealed to the commuters and citizens to cooperate with city traffic police to avert any untoward incident.