Heavy cotangents of security forces and police have been deployed in various parts of the city while the Gulberg police also advised the owners of private hostels, hotels and private offices to leave the area and close down their offices cited in Khyber Super Market on Bara road near Sadar. Number of police personnel had been deployed in sensitive areas of the city.
Students living in private hostels in Khyber Super Market told The Spokesman that personnel of the Gulberg Police Station asked them to vacant their flats and rooms till late at evening adding that they also warned them to arrest them if they did not vacant their rooms.
Basar Ali who rented a room in the market said that the plaza owner informed him to vacant his room, however, he lamented that he has to appear in a written test of the Public Service Commission (PCS) scheduled for today (Thursday). He said that he belongs to Mardan district and how it would be possible for him to attain the test.
Some of the intermediate students residing at the market said that their examination would start on May 15 and cops told them to vacant their hostels. They said they have come to Peshawar to prepare for the exams and this development would badly affect their studies.
The Station House Officer Gulber Police Station Zahoor Khan when reached by phone said that due to security reasons they decided to vacant the hostels and private offices in the Market to avoid any terror incident during the election. He said they also issued notices to the owners of the plazas to close down their buildings. He said they asked the residents to vacate the market before evening. “We would arrest those refuse to obey the orders,” he added. He said the move was aimed to not let the outsiders or anti-social people to enter the sensitive area. He said only students and outsiders would have to leave the market as the government has announced three days holidays for all type of educational institution from today (Thursday)
Security force personnel would also be deployed in various sensitive areas of city in order to assist the police and maintain law and order during the general polls.