Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s first official visit to Pakistan is just days ahead, and the preparations in Islamabad have been finalized.
According to some media reports, 750 rooms in eight top hotels in the capital have been booked for the royal guests.
Two C-130 aircrafts carrying eight containers with Mohammad bin Salman’s personal belongings, including his latest seven BMW 7 Series cars and a Toyota Land Cruiser V8 SUV, arrived at the Nur Khan airbase last night.
These goods were reportedly transported to the Prime Minister House where the Crown Prince will stay during his two-day official visit.
The reports also suggest that the royal entourage will consist of a 40-member delegation along with 140 royal guards.
The Crown Prince’s private jet is likely to land at the Nur Khan Airbase on Saturday, where Sherdil squad of the Pakistan Airforce (PAF) will present him with a JF-17 Thunder aerobatics show.
Meanwhile, the government has booked 750 rooms of eight elite hotels in the surroundings for the royal entourage. According to some reports, the hotel administrations have been directed to cancel all the advanced bookings for this weekend.
Unprecedented Security Measures
- 1000 security checkpoints will be established on the roads.
- All entry points of the federal capital will be scrutinized through special arrangements during the two days of his presence in the country.
- Most areas in the immediate vicinity of the Red Zone will remain closed.
- Metro Bus limited to Rawalpindi only, normalcy scheduled for February, 18.
- Likely LEA deployments all along the twin cities.
- Entry of heavy traffic will not be allowed in specific times while small vehicles allowed moving on alternate routes due to the closure of some boulevards including Express Highway.
- Expressway from Koral Chowk to Garden Chowk and Faisal Avenue till Rescue-15 U-Turn will remain closed in specific times.
- Murree Road from Faizabad to Rawal Dam Chowk, Kashmir Chowk and Serena Hotel, Kashmir Highway from Peshawar More to Serena will remain closed.
- Constitution Avenue from Radio Pakistan to Serena hotel and Soharwardi Road from Embassy Road to Serena hotel will remain closed.
- Ataturk Road from Serena hotel to Nadra Chowk will also remain closed for routine traffic operations.
- Travelers have been recommended to allocate additional travel time in schedules due to disruptions throughout Islamabad & Rawalpindi for February 16th & 17th.
- Minimize nonessential movement and maintain heightened vigilance.
- Islamabad air space will be closed temporarily during MBS arrival and departure people planning to travel through Islamabad Airport on 16th & 17th February should reconfirm flight itineraries. You may also face temporary cellular network shutdown, recharge & top-up your satellite handsets.