islamabad - The local authorities on Saturday evening sealed Islamabad from all the entry and exit points leading towards Rawalpindi ahead of final address of PAT leader Dr Tahirul Qadri to his followers in the garrison city apparently to thwart any move of PAT and AML supporters to enter the capital.

 Besides this step, the security of the Islamabad city was put on high alert Saturday, and additional troops of police and Rangers were deployed at some points of the city at a time when the supporters of Pakistan Awami Tahreek (PAT) and Awami Muslim League (AML) gathered at Murree Road of Rawalpindi.

However, at some points, the roads were not blocked, but containers were placed along their side to immediately seal these points in the case of an emergency situation. 

 The containers were placed at Faizabad Chowk, leading towards the Convention Centre, as well as Faisal Avenue leading towards Margalla Road. Similarly, Zero Point was also sealed with containers placed at the Faisal Avenue. The containers were also placed near Double Road Signal leading towards the 9th Avenue but it the road was not sealed late evening.

 The local administration and Islamabad Police started placing containers at all the entry and exit points of the Red Zone including Serena Chowk, NADRA Chowk and Margalla Road.

An officer of the local administration said that the measures were being taken to thwart any move in the wake of reports of some intelligence agencies that the supporters of PAT and APML might enter the capital on Saturday night. He said that these measures were also taken following the remarks of AML Chief Sheikh Rashid that he would ask his supporters to enter the capital if the roads of the Rawalpindi were not cleared for the movement of protestors.

An official of the Islamabad traffic police claimed that the major roads of the city were opened but containers have been placed along their sides only to be used in emergency situation.

 The local administration and Islamabad Police faced a similar situation some months back when the supporters of Mumtaz Qadri, the assassin of former Governor Punjab Salman Taseer, had entered into Islamabad after attending a gathering at the Committee Chowk of the garrison city.

The Ministry of Interior is overseeing the whole situation and passed different directions to the Islamabad Capital Territory Administrating and police to tighten the security of the city as well as the Red Zone.