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Pak army to provide security to visiting Chinese president

China President Xi Jinping

Islamabad:  Pakistan government has decided to provide unprecedented security cover to Chinese President Xi Jinping, who will arrive here tomorrow on his maiden visit, handing over the overall security to the army during his stay.

An official said a comprehensive security plan has been prepared to provide fool-proof security to the visiting dignitary who had previously cancelled his visit due to security concern in September last year.

A fleet of eight JF-17 Thunder fighter jets will escort Xi’s plane once it enters the Pakistani airspace.

“Overall security responsibility rests with army and its intelligence agencies which would control the Red Zone, having all important buildings and offices,” he said.

The police will be deployed on the outer rim of the Red Zone to provide a cordon for the entire area which has already been combed by the security personnel.

More than 1,000 police officers will be deputed in the capital primarily on the designated routes.

Alternative traffic plan has been prepared and government employees working within the security zone have been directed to carry their ID cards and reach their offices before time.

Inspector General of Police (Islamabad) Tahir Alam Khan directed all zonal officers including SHOs to enhance patrolling in their respective areas.

People have been asked to avoid the high security areas and cooperate with police and security agencies.

Pakistan is hoping to sign a whopping USD 50 billion trade and investment deals during the visit. It also includes a dream business corridor providing shortest route for China to access the Gulf, Africa and Europe.

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