Commissioner of Karachi, Iftikhar Shallwani here on Friday chaired a meeting with concerned stakeholders to discuss steps required for special arrangements during the fast approaching month of Muharram ul Haram in the metropolitan.
The meeting also attended by deputy commissioners from all districts of Karachi, DIGs of Sindh Police pertaining to south and east zones and Col. Nasir Bangash of Pakistan Rangers – Sindh discussed threadbare the security measures prerequisite to maintain law and order in the burgeoning city.
Representatives of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC),Karachi Electric (KE), Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB),Sindh Solid Waste Management (SSWM) and that of different scouts groups shared their plan of action for the first holy month of the Islamic calendar.
The participants also discussed steps being adopted as pre-muharram ul haram arrangements with specific reference to cleanliness of mosques and imam bargahs along with dedicated sites where majalis are held as a routine during the months of muharram and safar.
Steps needed to beef up security at these sites as well as routes to be taken by mourners and participants of processions taken out during the months were extensively reviewed on the occasion.
All concerned civic agencies were directed to not only ensure cleanliness and removal of garbage heaps prior to the commencement of the month but also take immediate measures for carpeting of the roads and thoroughfares used as processions’routes on urgent basis.
Commissioner of Karachi particularly directed the KE and KW&SB officials to make fool proof arrangements for uninterrupted power supply and potable water coupled with immediate cleaning of sewers and repair of drainage system to avert any inconvenience to the citizens in general and participants of majalis in particular.
Iftikhar A Shallwani appreciated the important role played by boy scouts during important occasions in supplementing the efforts undertaken by administration and facilitating the citizens attending congregations.
Representatives of Shia Ulema attending the joint meeting held at Sindh Boys Scouts Association auditorium forwarded their recommendations to facilitate the mourners and help observe the holy month with due solemnity.
Syed Shabar Raza, the General Secretary of Jafria Alliance,Maulana Hussain Masoodi, Allama Syed Furqan Haider Abidi, Allama Nisar Qalandari and Allama Syed Baqar Hussain Zaidi offered their full cooperation to the administration in maintaining brotherhood in accordance to the sanctity of the occasion.