Over 12,000 security personnel to guard Muharram gatherings

Staff Reporter

As many as 12,000 personnel of Islamabad Police, Pakistan Rangers and FC would perform security duties during Muharram ul Haram and to maintain high vigilance to thwart any untoward incident. Islamabad Police have finalized comprehensive security arrangements for the processions, religious gatherings during Muharram ul Harram and decided to launch combing as well as search operations in various slum areas of the city including Afghan habitats to ensure fool proof security.
This plan has been prepared by SSP Islamabad Sajid Kiani keeping in view National Action Plan following directions of IGP Islamabad Muhammad Khalid Khattak. All wings of Islamabad police have been also given directions to ensure complete coordination for success of this plan.
As per strategy, activities of people being put under surveillance following fourth schedule will be strictly monitored. Similarly, those scholars or persons from defunct organizations banned to enter in Islamabad would not be allowed at any cost to participate in kind of activity. The SSP has directed all SDPOs and SHOs to launch effective search operation as well as combing activities in the slum areas of the city including Afghan habitats and enhance vigilance at all entrance points of the city.
All SPs have been asked to monitor this search operation themselves and inform SSP’s office on daily basis about progress in this regard. He also directed to maintain close liaison with peace committees and and organizers of Majalis and processions. He said that cooperation of organizers should be ensured with the police and law enforcing officials. A total of 909 religious gatherings (Majalis) and 177 processions (159 traditional and 18 licensed) will be held.
The SSP ha directed for strict security arrangements on these occasions and special checking of participants. He said that it should be ensured to make arrangements for checking of participants of Majalis and processions thorough using metal detectors. Strict vigilance should be maintained to ensure that security measures are in place by the police as well as peace committees, the SSP maintained.
As many 1500 personnel of Rangers and 500 FC personnel will also assist Islamabad police to ensure elaborate security arrangements. The SSP also ordered all SHOs to make proper light arrangements after negotiations with concerned authorities and also to weed out bushes in the various areas in the vicinity of worship places.

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