LARKANA - At least 7,000 cops will be deployed in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh to provide strict security to the people and dignitaries who are expected to participate in the 8th death anniversary of slain PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto to be observed on Sunday December 27 (today).

These policemen include 25 SSPs, 300 women cops, and commandos along with 220 check posts which will be established along the roads leading to the final resting place of Bhutto leaders. CCTV cameras will also be installed in Naudero and Garhi Khuda Bhakhsh to monitor the situation, while 700 traffic police personnel will ensure the smooth flow of traffic which will arrive from Karachi as usual along with their material and vehicles.

This was decided in a meeting held in the SSP Larkana office where security plan was finalized. SSP Kamran Nawaz Panjotha told newsmen that foolproof security arrangements will be provided to the participants. He said that if need be, Rangers will also be called for providing support to further strengthen the security. Kamran said that police patrol will be intensified on Naudero-Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, Garhi Khuda Bakhsh-Ratodero and Madeji-Garhi Khuda Bakhsh roads.

He said sniffing dogs will also be used along with installation of walkthrough gates & watch towers and aerial surveillance will also be made when top leadership will arrive.

He said that checking of all transport will be made at bus stands, railway stations, Musafirkhana, hotels of those people who will arrive from outside. The SSP said that a control room will also be established to monitor the entire security plan and to make coordination.

Meanwhile, Senator Rehman Malik confirmed that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari would not return home on eighth death anniversary of former premier Benazir Bhutto due to health problems.

Malik said that Zardari, widower of Benazir Bhutto, would return to Pakistan only after complete recovery from his illness.

He said that Zardari was so ill that he even offered Umrah on wheel-chair. He said Zardari is suffering from several diseases including diabetes, adding that the PPP co-chairman is facing problems even to stand on his feet.

Benazir was assassinated on December 27, 2007 at Liaquat National Bagh in Rawalpindi while campaigning ahead of general elections scheduled for 2008.