Pakistan Observer

Foolproof security measures for Muharram

Monday, November 04, 2013 - Rawalpindi—Police have finalized elaborate security arrangements for peaceful obsevance of Muharram-ul-Haram, with foolproof security measures 4000 Majalis and 800 processions in the Rawalpindi division.

Some 402 Majalis and 106 processions in the division have been placed in A Category, 245 Majalis and 101 processions in B Category, and 3,344 Majalis and 639 processions in C Category for providing security cover.

As many as 5,000 policemen will be deployed in Rawalpindi district to ensure security during Muharram-ul-Haram. The police have finalized a security strategy under which concerted efforts with the help of other departments concerned will be made aimed at maintaining law and order and to avert any untoward incident.

Under the security plan, leaves of all police personnel have been cancelled for Muharram 1-10.

The security plan has been finalized at a special meeting held here. It was decided in the meeting that all departments concerned would made concerted efforts for the safety of the mourners. The Majalis and Muharram processions of the division, including Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal and Jhelum districts have been divided into three categories. Entry of 157 Ulema into Rawalpindi district has been banned while 92 firebrand clerics have also been banned from speaking.

According to a spokesman of Rawalpindi Police, Ulema, Mushaiksh and religious scholars of different sects have also been taken on board to promote religious harmony.

Additional force of Special branch Police, Elite Force, Punjab Constabulary, Lady Police and Ranger along with district police will be deployed to ensure security during Muharram-ul-Harram.

Strict checking of vehicles will also be made at entry and exist points of the Rawalpindi city.

There will be strict monitoring of all the processions while Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras will also be installed to ensure the security. Parking of vehicles will not be allowed 200 yards from Imambargahs. No one will be allowed to stand on rooftops of commercial and residential buildings situated along the routes of the main mourning procession with deployment of police personnel there. Police patrolling will also be enhanced during Muharram.

Members of peace committees along with female volunteers of civil defence and lady police will also be deployed with the mourning processions and Majalis. Special checking of the route of the mourning procession will be completed before start of the processions and bomb disposal squad will clear the route. The mourners will be checked with metal detectors and walkthrough gates will be installed at the entry points.

The route of the main procession of Muharram will be sealed completely and streets on the route of the procession will also be barricaded. Vehicles and motorcycles will not be allowed to move with the mourning processions.

According to CPO Rawalpindi Bilal Siddique Kamyana strict security arrangements would be made for the security of Majalis and mourning processions.

Quick Response Force (QRF) will also be deployed for the protection of Majalis and processions.—APP

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