ISLAMABAD: Police’s special branch has issued an alert about possible protests in the capital over the ongoing tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

The special branch informed the Central Police Office (CPO) about the need to enhance security measures in and around the embassies and diplomats of the two countries, police sources told Dawn.

In response, directives were issued by the CPO to the police to make proper security arrangements for the installations. Besides, the concerned security wing of the police was directed to approach the diplomats of the two countries and inform them about the need for tight security. They were also needed to restrict their movements in the city.

Police officials said as relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran had strained, supporters of both countries may hold protests, which may also lead to sectarian tensions.

The officials said the in charges of the police stations had also been asked to monitor movement of people who were in the police watch list under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Published in Dawn, January 6th, 2016


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