KARACHI: Routes leading to the National Stadium were placed under a ‘virtual curfew’ on Saturday as security forces have sealed all the connecting roads by erecting barricades in order to secure the area for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final match to be held today (Sunday).
Karachi is hosting an international-level cricket match – which will be played by Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi – after a gap of nine years.
To avoid any untoward incident, all the roads leading to the National Stadium from Dalmia, Hassan Square, Karsaz Road, University Road and Kashmir Road were sealed by placing trucks, containers and water tankers. Personnel of law enforcement agencies have also been deputed in order to stop anyone from entering the sealed roads.
Only spectators possessing valid identity cards and PSL tickets will be allowed to travel on the roads sealed by law enforcement agencies for the match. The agencies are claiming ‘foolproof’ security arrangements for the match.
Spectators will arrive at the stadium using a shuttle service provided by the government after parking their cars and motorcycles at the five designated spots on University Road and one each at Kashmir Complex and on Dalmia Road.
Multiple rehearsals by law enforcement agencies have also been held in this regard. An extra contingent of law enforcers have been deployed on the routes leading to the stadium while jawans from the Rangers and police will be patrolling the roads on motorcycles and in mobiles. Armored personnel carriers and police commandos have also been stationed at some points along the designated routes while some special guideposts have been set up for cricket fans who intend to come to the stadium. Alternative traffic routes have also been notified for commuters.