Over 2,000 police personnel will be deployed for Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to New Delhi en route to Ajmer for offering prayers at the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, an officer said.
Special units will be deployed atop high-rise buildings and along the route that Zardari’s convoy will take, the officer added. As is the protocol on such occasions, three-tier security will be in place during the visit.
“The outer circle security will be handled by the Delhi Police in uniform while the inner security will be handled by a special unit of Delhi police officers in plain clothes,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Central Range) Taj Hasan said.
He said all the security arrangements had been put in place. Zardari will arrive in the capital tomorrow morning and have lunch with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his 7 Race Course Road official residence, after which they would hold talks.
The Pakistan President will thereafter leave for Jaipur, from where he will drive down to the Ajmer shrine. He would spend about 30 minutes at the shrine and would return to Jaipur by 6.15 pm, an official said. Zardari will be the third Pakistan president to visit the Ajmer shrine.
India presses Pakistan to probe Saeed’s 26/11 role
Ahead of President Asif Ali Zardari’s maiden visit here, India yesterday pressed Pakistan for a judicial inquiry into Hafiz Saeed’s role in masterminding the Mumbai terror attack and underlined that despite New Delhi providing enough evidence, Islamabad has chosen not to act against the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief.
“We have been saying that the dossier the home minister of India has provided to Pakistan contains every detail of Saeed’s involvement in the planning and execution of the terror attack,” External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said. “The amount of denial would not exonerate them unless there is a judicial inquiry into the whole episode whereby responsibilities can be fixed. But unfortunately, the Pakistan government has not thought it proper to investigate this,” said Krishna in a sharply worded reminder to Pakistan to act against the LeT chief who is carrying on his tirade against India.