LAHORE: Around 7,000 policemen will be deployed in the city to ensure foolproof security for the participants in Youm-i-Ali on June 17.
Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Amin Wains held a meeting with religious scholars at Police Lines Qila Gujjar Singh on Wednesday. Deputy Inspector General (Operations) Dr Haider Ashraf, Senior Superintendent of Police (Discipline) Tariq Aziz, Superintendent of Police (SP) Security Abadit Nisar, Mufti Intikhab Alam, Allama Mushtaq Jafri, Bhagat Lal, Dr Shehzad Masih and others were also present in the meeting.
He said a four-tier security plan had been finalised keeping in view the sensitivity of the task and the challenges. Every participant of the procession would have to be physically checked by policemen deployed for security.
The CCPO said the procession would also be monitored by the Safe City Authorities and police through CCTV cameras installed on the route. All the markets and shops in and around the procession route would be closed and snipers deployed on the roofs of all high-rise buildings. He also appealed to citizens to keep an eye on any suspicious element and report to the law enforcement agencies about any untoward incident.
Wains said religious scholars had to play their role for interfaith harmony among different sects during Ramazan and also praised their efforts in maintaining a peaceful environment.
SP Nisar said that walkthrough gates were installed at every entry and exist point of the procession route and vehicles should be parked 200 metres from the route.
The religious scholars in their comments praised the efforts of Lahore police for arranging foolproof security for Youm-i-Ali.