Punjab cancels all outdoor activities LAHORE: The Punjab government has cancelled all the outdoor activities planned for celebrating the Independence Day in view of terror threat, official sources informed Dawn on Tuesday.
They said the Quetta incident had necessitated the need to be more careful about the Aug 14 festivities that attract massive public participation.
Like every year, there has been a fever of the forthcoming Independence Day in Punjab where people are decorating their vehicles and homes with national flags, buntings and stickers related to the day. Even clothes bearing the colours of the national flag are on sale.
The official patronage too is marked this year. Banners, flexes, hoardings and national flags are being fixed on roads across the province under instructions from the provincial government and all the officials are being made to wear national flag lapel pins.
Officials said the cabinet committee on law and order, headed by Chief Minister’s Adviser Rana Maqbool Ahmad and comprising inspector general of police (IGP) and representatives of security agencies, had rejected divisional and district intelligence committees’ security plans for outdoor Aug 14 activities across the province.
The committee had instead instructed that only indoor functions should be held. The local committees should make security plans for the indoor activities approved by the government, ensuring installation of walk-through gates and usage of metal detectors and sniffer dogs.
Official flag-hoisting ceremonies at the divisional and district levels would strictly be an indoor affair. The provincial level flag-hoisting ceremony, performed by the chief minister or the governor, at Huzoori Bagh would most probably be cancelled and held indoors.
There would be no processions on August 14 and people would not be allowed to take to the roads or gather at public places, official sources said. They said all the political personages, high civil officials and the judiciary had been asked to avoid unguarded public appearance.
The chief minister was to attend a function at a local hotel on Tuesday morning but it was instead held at his house because of the security reasons, they said.