British terror police called for William and Kate's tour in Pakistan: team of firearms officers will oversee security for a visit in the fall
- A group of firearm officers will fly to Pakistan before the tour to assess the risk
- Intense security measures are being taken for Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
- Operating from the British embassy, the security will check routes and locations
A team of British firearms officers will oversee security measures for the monumental Duke and Duchess visit from Cambridge to Pakistan in the fall.
The move underlines the intensive security measures that are being taken for the riskiest royal tour in years.
The Mail on Sunday has learned that a group of firearms officers will fly to Pakistan before the tour to assess potential risks.
The move underlines the intensive security measures that are being taken for the riskiest royal tour in years. Depicted, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in November 2018 outside the BBC Broadcasting House in London
They operate from the British embassy and check routes, locations and airports at locations that the duke and duchess will visit.
A higher source said that although prior security checks were normal, the involvement of the armed police team was a recognition that Pakistan is "a potential flashpoint."
The source added, "There are just so many people and there are so many options for things to go wrong." There is particular concern about the potential threat from extremists hiding in the huge crowd that greets the couple.
Taliban and IS suicide bombers have previously succeeded in avoiding tight security and killing or mutilating political leaders in Pakistan, including former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who was killed in 2007 by a suicide bomber.
The Mail on Sunday has learned that a group of firearm officers will fly from Cambridge to Pakistan before the Duke and Duchess tour to assess potential risks. Shown in August 2019
Destinations during the tour are well preserved, but probably areas that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises British citizens not to visit for security reasons.
The steel ring around the Duke and Duchess is similar to the one that was imposed when the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Pakistan in 2006.
During that tour, an anti-Western backlash against killing 80 alleged Muslim militants forced the cancellation of a planned visit to the northern city of Peshawar.
Kensington Palace declined to comment last night.
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