Aerial surveillance to be ensured during Muharram processions

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Aerial surveillance would be carried out during processions in connection with Muharram ul Haram in the Federal Capital. Troops have been also put on alert to counter any untoward incident while aerial surveillance will be ensured for processions, the official sources said here on Sunday.
Pillion riding has been also banned on 9th Muharram ul Haram while patrolling plan has been devised for effective security in various sectors.
Over 6,000 personnel of Islamabad Police would perform security duties during Muharram ul Haram and to maintain high vigilance. According to the plan, police source said that activities of people being put under surveillance following fourth schedule will be strictly monitored. All SDPOs and SHOs have been directed 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.
The SSP Sajid Kiani, the source said, had directed for strict vigilance to ensure that security measures are in place by the police as well as peace committees. Rangers 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 route areas.
He said that it should be ensured that processions will pass through the fixed routes and timings of processions to be observed strictly. He has also directed for effective patrolling and use commando vehicles for the purpose.
The IGP Tariq Masood Yasin, the police source said, had directed for maintaining close coordination among all wings of Islamabad Police and staff. The IGP asked SSP (Traffic) to ensure arrangements for avoiding any inconvenience to road users and special deployment should be made for smooth flow of traffic at alternate routes when processions will be carried out.
It should be ensured that Parking lots to be far away from the processions with proper security arrangements there and metal detectors would be used at entry and exit points too. Patrolling officers must conduct visit of all the routes of Muharram processions and Imambargahs and rooftops to be covered by the police officials.
All Station House Officers (SHOs) should get the complete bio-data of those volunteers performing security duties. He has also appealed the citizens to cooperate with police in case of any suspect or suspicious activity around them.

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