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Punjab Government Approves Bulletproof Vehicles for Chinese Engineers

Punjab government approves bulletproof vehicles for Chinese engineers amidst heightened security concerns, while massive security deployment is initiated for by-elections and Sikh pilgrims, emphasizing safety and collaboration across the province.

In a bid to enhance security measures for Chinese engineers and officials working on various projects in Punjab, including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the provincial government has greenlit the procurement of 37 bulletproof vehicles. This decision comes following concerns about the safety of Chinese nationals in the wake of recent security threats.

The approved vehicles are designated for projects under both the CPEC and non-CPEC categories, covering government initiatives, private projects, and permanent installations. Among the sanctioned vehicles, 11 are earmarked for CPEC projects, while the rest will serve Chinese engineers across different projects in the province.

Already, Punjab hosts 18 bulletproof vehicles for the protection of Chinese citizens. However, recent incidents, including an attack on a convoy of Chinese nationals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, have underscored the need for bolstered security measures.

Massive Security Deployment for By-Elections

As Punjab braces for by-elections across 14 national and provincial constituencies, security preparations are in full swing. With over 35,000 officers and officials slated for deployment, the Punjab Police is leaving no stone unturned to ensure peaceful polling.

Out of the 2,599 polling stations, 419 have been labeled as highly sensitive, while 1,081 are deemed sensitive, demanding heightened security protocols. IG Punjab Dr. Usman Anwar has emphasized the force’s commitment to facilitating over 4 million voters in a secure environment.

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Stringent security measures include the installation of CCTV cameras at sensitive polling stations and continuous monitoring of polling activities. The Punjab Police, in collaboration with other security agencies like the Rangers and the Pak Army, is poised to maintain law and order during the electoral process.

Heightened Security for Sikh Pilgrims

In light of the upcoming Baisakhi celebrations, Punjab Police has bolstered security arrangements for Sikh pilgrims visiting the region. With stringent measures in place near the Samadhi of Ranjit Singh, accommodations for pilgrims are under close surveillance.

The deployment of top police officials, including SPs and SDPOs, aims to ensure the safety of Sikh devotees. Additionally, over 1,000 personnel, including female officers, have been mobilized to fortify security along entry and exit routes, prioritizing the well-being of pilgrims amidst heightened security concerns.

Through meticulous planning and collaborative efforts, Punjab Police remains steadfast in its commitment to safeguarding citizens and ensuring a peaceful environment for all stakeholders involved in various events and activities across the province.