LAHORE – The Punjab Police have completed all arrangements to provide foolproof security to the activists and leaders of the political and religious parties, which will hold protests and rallies against the sacrilegious movie on the eve of the Yaum-e-Ishq-e-Rasool being observed on Friday (today) across the country.

Personnel have been deployed and hurdles and barricades have also been placed around all the important sensitive installations including the US and British Consulates, government buildings, and other imperative points of the province.

The protest demonstrations and rallies will be taken out from Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sheikhupura, Mianwali, DG Khan, Muzaffargarh, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan and other districts of the Punjab.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has also announced jamming the mobile network from 9:00am till 1:00pm, which may be extended according to the situation.

“The entire Punjab Police will remain on standby whereas at least 100,000 personnel have been put on high-alert in different cities and hubs of religious parties,” a top police officer said.

“Being a Muslim, we love and can sacrifice our lives in reverence of our Holy Prophet (PBUH), therefore, the policemen have been especially directed to facilitate the protesters besides asking them to avoid damaging the public and private properties,” he added.

He also asked the protesters to record their peaceful protest to the international community. He further said mock exercises had been conducted, special security plans chalked out and the protesters were being requested to cooperate with the law enforcement agency in order to avert any untoward incident.

In this regard, around 15,000 police personnel of the Capital City Police will discharge their duties in Lahore whereas the wardens of the City Traffic Police will regulate the traffic flow while wearing black bands on this occasion.

“A comprehensive security plan has been chalked out to provide foolproof security measures to the participants and activists of the religious parties, student unions, teaching associations, trade unions, and etc,” City’s Operations Police Chief Tahir Rai told this reporter.

He said the citizens especially the motorists had been requested to remain at their homes as the sensitive arteries and imperative routes would be blocked due to security concerns. 

Informed sources said police could use teargas to disperse the protesters, which may try to reach the US Consulate in Lahore, as the countrywide demonstrations had erupted against an anti-Islam movie.