Entry points of DI Khan sealed for peaceful election -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Entry points of DI Khan sealed for peaceful election

DERA ISMAIL KHAN (February 16 2008): Dera Ismail Khan police have sealed all the entry points of the city as a precautionary measure for the peaceful conduct of general election on February 18.

“This was a very effective strategy which worked out for us and we were able to arrest six alleged would-be suicide bomber” said Additional Inspector General of Police D.I. Khan, Haji Habib-ur-Rahman at the press briefing here on Friday.

Haji Habib said so far D I Khan police had arrested six alleged would-be suicide bombers including two accused of killing Benazir. “It was we who nabbed Aitzaz Shah and Sher Zaman, who have confessed to be involved in Benazir’s assassination, and have been handed over to Punjab police for further investigation” Additional IGP said.

A comprehensive phased-wise security plan has been devised which is pre-polls, during polls, and post-polls, he said, adding to avert any untoward incident on February 18, D I Khan police have also chalked out elaborate security measures, sending appropriate deployment to around 429 polling stations. Besides, ten points have also been established at different locations in the city that would be manned by police personnel.

“We have categorised polling stations as sensitive and less sensitive and we are taking measures accordingly,” Haji Habib said and added that fully equipped deployment has been ensured at each polling station for the peaceful conduct of polls.

He said Frontier Constabulary and Army would also be available to avert any untoward situation. So far every thing is normal and things are going as have been planned.

He said round the clock patrolling is also underway with some preventive arrests of anti-social elements ahead of the polls. Answering a question regarding security threat to JUI (F) leader Maulana Fazlur Rahman, he said Maulana has been asked to limit his public appearance.

Habib said foolproof security was being provided to certain political figures including Mualana Fazlur Rehman. The IGP said that pillion riding would be banned in the city on February 18.
Source: Business Recorder
Date:2/16/2008