Islamabad Police to Resort to Body Cameras to ‘Record’ PTI’s March

Islamabad Police to Resort to Body Cameras

PTI long march approaching to Islamabad

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) long march is almost approaching, so the Islamabad police have made the decision to arm officers stationed at the city’s entrances with body cameras to ensure accountability throughout the demonstration. 

The police also made the decision to place officers at key places and entry points in the federal capital as a preventative step. The audio and video footage from these cameras will be utilized to identify and apprehend any protesters who attempted to harm police officers or damage public property throughout the protracted march. 

Inappropriate Behavior and Extortion

The police have chosen to deploy body cameras in the interest of transparency on other occasions as well. Following accusations of inappropriate behavior and extortion, the police opted to outfit checkpoint employees with body cameras during the PTI government’s tenure. 

However, cameras will be employed for the first time in Islamabad to address law and order issues and to spot possible criminals. 

Details indicate that at least 10 cameras were purchased in the initial phase to evaluate their effectiveness, and that number will rise following the pilot period. These cameras can capture audio in addition to movies and have night vision capabilities. 

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Rangers and Frontier Constabulary Soldiers

To execute their tasks throughout the protracted march, Rangers and Frontier Constabulary soldiers will also be outfitted with contemporary equipment. 

Imran Khan, the chairman of the PTI, stated on Saturday that he would personally participate in the long march in Rawalpindi on November 26. The capital police warned of the possibility of a “accidental conflict” with the police officers from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Jammu and Kashmir, who have been providing security for the PTI long march, in a report presented to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on the same day. 

ICT Police Meeting

The capital police assessed the security situation related to the anticipated PTI fan march on Islamabad at a meeting on Sunday that was presided over by IG Akbar Nasir Khan, according to a statement posted on the police’s Twitter account. 

Nobody will be permitted to impose their own laws, the police added while providing details about the incident. The administration may bar travel from Rawalpindi to Islamabad on November 26 – the day on which supporters of former prime minister Imran Khan may congregate in Rawalpindi, they claimed – due to the possibility of a march towards Islamabad and the Red Zone. 

They said that approval from the Islamabad government will be required before engaging in any political activities in the federal capital. In order to secure the Red Zone’s security and to enhance security, they added: “Police, FC, and Rangers will be deployed.”

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