Elaborate security for Zardari`s Ajmer visit

Last Updated: Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 13:11

Ajmer: Elaborate security arrangements have
been made for the high-profile visit of Pakistan President
Asif Ali Zardari, who is scheduled on Sunday to pay obeisance
at the dargah of sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti here.

Zardari, his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Pakistani
interior minister Rehman Malik and other members of the
delegation will stay for 35 minutes inside the dargah.

The delegation will arrive Sanganer airport in Jaipur in
a special aircraft from where they will leave for Ajmer in
helicopters. Four helicopters carrying them will land at the
Ghughara helipad at 4.10 PM.
As per the programme, Ajmer Divisional Commissioner Atul
Sharma, IGP Rajesh Nirwan, Collector Manju Rajpal and SP
Rajesh Meena will receive the guests at the helipad located
outside the city. The VIPs will then travel 12.3 km on road to
dargah from there.

Representatives of both Dargah committee and committee of
Khadims will welcome the Pakistan President and other VIPs at
the shrine where they will stay for 35 minutes before leaving
for the helipad in the evening, an official of the district
administration said.

Multi-tier security arrangements will be in place for the
visit of the delegation. Police personnel will be deployed
along the way from the Ghughara helipad to the Dargah and at
both the places.
The dargah area will be heavy guarded and police will
also be deployed in surrounding buildings. The dargah market
will be closed and view-cutters will be used inside the
premises and the entrance of the shrine.

"Additional police personnel including senior officers
from other districts of the Range as well as from the police
headquarters are being deployed for the visit," Superintendent
of Police Rajesh Meena said.

Police will carry out a rehearsal of the visit at 4 PM
today. Officials will also hold a meeting with a liaison team
from Pakistan that will also carry out a survey of the dargah
premises, the official said.

Ahead of the scheduled visit, three helicopters of Indian
Air Force landed at the helipad yesterday while one chopper
will land at the newly constructed helipad today.

The dargah premises will be closed two hours prior to the
scheduled visit of the Pakistan President and entry into the
dargah will not be allowed till the departure of the
delegation, he added.

Asked about the size of the delegation, Rajpal said that
the district administration will get final details from the
Pakistan High Commissioner later in the day.

"Earlier, we were given a list of 46 members but it was
then cut down to 31. Today, we are holding a meeting with
officials from Delhi in which the final details on the
delegation and arrangements will be discussed," she said.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 13:09

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