Lahore: Punjab government has responded to the letter written by Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri to Chief Minister Punjab, in which Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri has been informed about the details of security measures for the long march. In his official letter written to Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri, Home Secretary Punjab has informed him that security personnel, including 32 policemen, 12 Elite Force Jawans with vehicles, besides Punjab Rangers, have been detailed for his security and protection against any threat.
The letter points out that there are serious threats to the person of Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri and participants of the long march. The letter says that the 280 kilometer-long route, on GT Road, passes through populous cities and towns, which further enhances the vulnerability of the participants of the long march, which might emerge as a soft target for terrorists. The letter reads that the possibility of sabotage en-route by terrorists and elements desirous of delaying upcoming elections to fulfill their nefarious designs cannot be ruled out and provision of foolproof security to thousands of participants of the long march by the law enforcement agencies, across the widespread geography and amongst such danger, is difficult and not possible without cooperation and support of the organizers.
Home Secretary requested Tahir-ul-Qadri that organizers of the long march at all levels, locations, venues and routes, must contact respective district administration forthwith to finalize necessary arrangements, security clearance, search and sweeping, police deployment, besides making alternative traffic arrangements for facility of general public and allied matters, including volunteers from participants of the long march for security duties. Coordination at the provincial level may be undertaken through DIG (Operations) Sohail Khan at the office of IGP, Punjab, the letter added.