LAHORE - The bomb blast at the parking of a restaurant in Peshawar, has highlighted vulnerability of all the public and private parking stands throughout the City to any terror attack and exposed them as 'soft targets. These parking lots are totally devoid of security measures putting big question mark on the red alert security arrangements enforced by law enforcement agencies under the directions of Interior Minister Rehman Malik. The poor security arrangements in the parking stands have sent a chill down on the spine of people, as it amounts to offer an open invitation to the terrorists who, recently, have hit the public places after letting loose hell on the highest sensitive areas even the GHQ in Islamabad some days back. The responsible authorities including Chief Secretary Javed Mehmood, Commissioner Lahore Khusro Pervaiz, DCO Sajjad Ahmed Bhutta and big bosses of intelligence agencies have been turning a blind eye over the issue due to reason best known to them. The security blanket is yet to descend on 77 parking stands designated by City District Government Lahore (CDGL) on 32 roads. These parking stands included Panorama Centre, Aiwan-e-Iqbal Egerton Road, inside Jinnah Hall, Origa Complex, Fatima Memorial Hospital, Pak Saudi Bank Egerton Road, Habib Bank-Ufone Davis Road, Lahore Stock Exchange Egerton Road, Sessions Court, Lower Mall, MacDonalds Gulberg, Eden Centre Jail Road, Nadra Office Singhpura, Hill Wave Arcade, Aiwan-e-Adl Lower Mall, Masood Hospital Ferozepur Road, Qadri Chamber Mcleod Road, Corner Eden Heights, Jail Road, Old Mac Building, Gulberg, Hafeez Centre, Gulberg, Spansor Building Wardi, Empress Road, Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Pak Arab to Fazal Din, Cardiac Hospital, Jail Road, Fountain Avenue, Gulberg, Pace Centre, Gulberg, Mian Boulevard, Telenor Office Gulberg, Outside Camp Jail Ferozepur Road, Farooq Hospital, Main Boulevard Allama Iqbal Road, LDA Plaza, Egerton Road, Spansor Building, Empress Road, Bloor Place (both sides), Landa Marked, Empress Road, Faysal Bank to Askari Bank, Gulberg Centre, Gulberg, City Tower, Gulberg, New Origa, Asad Centre to Faisal Bank, Fruit Mandi Ferozepur Road, Bajwa Hospital, Shahdara, Knowledge House, Baghbanpura, Excise Office, GT Road Baghbanpura, Alfalah Bank GT Road Baghbanpura, Royal Arcade Ferozepur Road, Razzaq Hospital GT Road Baghbanpura, Alfalah Gulberg and Lahore Centre Gulberg. Much-trumpeted metered parking system launched in Liberty Market, and recently on The Mall are also deprived of any security cover. The staff deputed at these meter-based parking lots, do not have searching devices. CCTV cameras could not be installed so far. These high-tech parking stands could be every easy target for the terrorists. The parking lots set up in big shopping plazas in Gulberg, The Mall, Liberty, Garden Town, Faisal Town, Allama Iqbal Town are also so vulnerable to the terrorist activity. Neither the management of plazas and security agencies have evolved a plan to guard the people to avoid any tragedy. The areas flooded with small and big restaurants included MM Alam Road, Lakshmi Chowk, Barket Market, Ferdous Market, The Mall, Anarkali, Ichhra and others have been operating parking lots without security measures. They look to be ticking bombs as terrorist could use them for their nefarious designs taking the lives of a number of people. The horrendous part of the terrible fact is that all public and private hospitals have the parking stands sans security arrangements, setting an alarming bells ringing among the masses but stirring no action among the authority concerned. The parking lots at public parks, historical gardens, recreational sites including Jallo Park, Race Course Park, Bagh-e-Jinnah, Gulshan Park, Model Town Park, Nawaz Sharif Park, Safari Park, Nasir Bagh, Lahore Zoo, Museum, Shalamar Gardens, Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore Fort, Jehangirs Tomb are also without safety measures. Alhamra Cultural Complex, Punjab Arts Council, theaters, cinemas where people visit frequently also lack security in their parking stands. A senior official of CDGL told The Nation that government officials who were tasked to improve the conditions of parking stands had submitted their plan to equip the parking lots with security arrangements. However, the plan could not make any headway as big wigs of the government showed lack of interest in it. He said that CDGL also enforced new regulations in parking stands to better the conditions of parking stands. Under the new rules, Public Facilities Department of CDGL hired the services of district officer (roads) to design new maps of each parking stand keeping in view flow of traffic, surroundings and convenience of the people. The authority concerned carried out demarcation of parking lots to determine their exact limits to discourage spiraling trend of illegal extension of parking stands out of their demarcated boundaries. For the first time in the history of the provincial capital, the department also increased the number of stands from 56 to 77. When contacted CCPO Lahore Pervez Rathore, to seek his comments over the issue, replied that every possible security measure is being taken for protection of the lives of the people. He said police had intensified security around the City to avoid any untoward incident.