Special commandos’ squad of federal capital police along with Pakistan Air force (PAF) has started the aerial surveillance of federal capital to counter any possible terrorism threat. Sources have reported that some important changes have been brought in the security plan of capital after receiving continuous serious threats from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Following the information from intelligence agencies the capital has been divided into 4 parts under the new security plan city, while 109 buildings located in Islamabad have been declared the most sensitive. These buildings include Mosques, Imam Bargahs, different embassies and residences of foreigners, while 25 cameras have been also installed in red zone area and the diplomatic enclave. The PAF has also been recruited as part of a special plan for the surveillance of Margallah hills. According to the new plan, aerial surveillance of the city has begun and will be carried out during the mourning processions in Muharram. Two helicopters of the PAF have been hired for the security of processions during the 8th to 10th of Muharram, while snipers of police commandos will be also present in helicopters to counter any unpleasant incident. Margallah hills and important avenues of the city will be also monitored through video.
Pakistan’s biggest ever conference in parliamentary history, the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA), is starting today (Sunday). The APA is an Asia-wide organisation bringing together parliaments from all the Asian countries. About 30 countries’ representing parliaments and parliamentarians from all over Asia will participate in the conference which will include nearly 225 delegates. The APA which last met in Damascus in 2010 this time has a very relevant conference theme namely Asian Century Cooperation in Economy, Energy and Environment. Islamabad Declaration will be issued at the end of the conference with the objective to promote the theme of the Asian Century. Senate Chairman Syed Nayeer Hussain Bokhari would be elected unanimously as the new president of the APA. The conference will be open to media and a special centre will be established to facilitate the coverage of the important conference. The Senate of Pakistan has also arranged live streaming of the conference through its especially dedicated website www.asianparliament.org.pk. The conference is being held at a time when balance of power is shifting from the West to the East and it is now generally recognised that the 21st Century would be the Asian Century. The conference would not only enhance the image of Pakistan since it is playing a pivotal role in the most strategic region of Asia but also discuss the pressing issues such as economy energy and the environment.
The enquiry tribunal on Rawalpindi incident presided over by Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday formally initiated the proceedings. The tribunal, through its Registrar Muhammad Yar Gondal in a public notice, has invited individuals, who wanted to record their statements about the incident, to get themselves registered by showing their National Identity Card (NIC) and submitting its copy at the Registrar Office (Court Room No 8 of LHC Rawalpindi Bench) till 4 pm Friday. The tribunal started the registration process on Monday at 10 am. “All the individuals who may wish to record their statements into the incident, may do so by submitting affidavit which can be coupled with evidential proof/proofs, besides visual recordings or any documents in support of their statement,” the notice added. The tribunal directed all the state functionaries inclusive of government officials and officers, to extend their every cooperation. 21 more accused arrested Police on Monday arrested 21 more accused including four policemen involved in Rawalpindi carnage on Ashura. City Police Officer (CPO) Akhtar Hayat Laleka said that 21 accused involved in Ashura incident identified through CCTV footage have been detained. He said that the nabbed accused included four cops including two personnel belonging to the Islamabad Police. Laleka said that so far 35 accused allegedly involved in Rawalpindi tragedy have been arrested while search operation for others was in progress. It should be mentioned that several people were martyred and injured when participants of a mourning procession attacked a seminary besides setting ablaze several markets in Raja Bazaar area of the city on 10th of Muharram.