RAWALPINDI - Despite security threats, tens of thousands of Tehrik Minhaj-ul-Quran (TMQ) activists would march on Benazir Bhutto Road (BBR) tomorrow (Monday) to join the main procession at Faizabad that will come from Lahore via Islamabad Expressway.
Besides people belonging to various walks of life, the long match would also be joined by some diehard Jiyallas of PPP, Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society and Pakistan Aman Party (PAP). A total of 10 camps have been set up in different areas of the city to mobilise the marchers to storm to Islamabad D-Chowk, informed district Ameer of TMQ Khalid Mehmood Awan and media manager Sohail Abbasi while talking to TheNation on Saturday.
The law enforcement agencies have been giving sweet pills to the TMQ local leadership, saying that they would not be barred from participating in main march and would be provided with adequate security, said sources adding that on the contrary district administration and police are all set to bar the marchers from entering Rawalpindi by blocking all the roads leading to the city.
Khalid Mehmood and Sohail Abbasi said that the camps were established at Faizabad, Double Road, Chandni Chowk, Commercial Market, Sadiqabad, Shakriyal, Fazal Town at Airport, Chaklala Scheme III and Peshawar Road. However, a camp of TMQ at GPO Chowk was uprooted by authorities of garrison city, they said.
They said that preparations for the march have been finalized and transport would be provided to the marchers in all the areas of the city. They said that they had got support of some 500,000 people in Rawalpindi in 15 days via distributing CDs and pamphlets having the message of TMQ Chief Allama Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri. They said that all the marchers would be checked thoroughly by by the Razakars of TMQ before embarking in the vehicles.
Sharing their strategy, both the local leaders said that the marchers coming from Murree and Kashmir would join the march from Dhokri Chowk while those who arrive from KPK and Hazara Division would participate in march through Golra Mor and Kashmir Highway. While, the Pindities would join long march via BBR at Faizabad.
They said that PESMS, PAP and some diehard Jiyallas of PPP would also join long march on January 14, 2013.
On a query, they said that CDGR and police have assured them that the marchers would not be barred rather would be provided foolproof security.
Meanwhile, the CDGR and law enforcement agencies have chalked out a comprehensive plan to stop the marchers from touching the land of Rawalpindi.
According to sources, police have called extra force to be deployed all the entry points of the district to tackle with TMQ marchers. According to “March sabotage plan” hammered out by Punjab police, a section of GT road that allow traffic movement to enter in Rawalpindi would be blocked for the marchers; all the roads linking with Motorway, Kashmir and Chakwal would be blocked by placing barricades and containers. The marchers were strictly ordered by district administration to not assemble on Murree Road or else strict action would be taken against them.
SSP (Operations) Israr Ahmed, when contacted, spoke something other that police would not bar marchers rather facilitate them. He said that there were threats that some extremists could target the marchers. He said that 10,000 police jawans would be deployed in the district to protect the marchers.
The Punjab Emergency Service (PES) Rescue 1122 Rawalpindi would provide emergency cover to long march on 13th and 14th January, 2013 with 8 fully equipped ambulances, 12 fire truck, 3 rescue and recovery vehicles and 02 water bowzers.
In this regards the vocations of of 400 rescuers have been canceled and they have been assigned special emergency duties. Furthermore key points at Gujjar Khan, Koral Chowk and Faizabad have also been established to provide swift emergency cover to any untoward incident, informed Rescue 1122 spokesman.
In a statement, District Emergency Officer, Dr Abdur Rahman, Rescue 1122, Rawalpindi said rescuers would be on duty to provide swift response but public was requested to dial 1122 for timely response from Emergency Service and give way to emergency vehicles for providing an effective emergency medical cover in case of any untoward incident.