Over 10,000 security personnel to guard Muharram gatherings

As many as 10,000 security personnel from Islamabad Police, Pakistan Rangers and FC will perform security duties during Muharram ul Haram and to maintain high vigilance to thwart any untoward incident. The police have finalized comprehensive security arrangements for the processions, religious gatherings during Muharram ul Harram, the police source told APP on Monday.
He said that it has been decided to launch combing as well as search operations in various slum areas of the city including Afghan habitats to ensure foolproof security.
As per strategy, activities of people being put under surveillance following fourth schedule will be strictly monitored. He said the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP-Operations) has directed all Sub-Divisional Police Officers (SDPOs) and Statin House Officers (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. It has been also directed to maintain close liaison with peace committees and organizers of Majalis and processions while the cooperation of organizers should be ensured with the police and law enforcing officials.
More than 900 religious gatherings (Majalis) and 177 processions (159 traditional and 18 licensed) will be held, the source said adding that SSP has directed for strict security arrangements on these occasions and special checking of participants. The source said that it should be ensured to make arrangements for checking of participants of Majalis and processions thorough using metal detectors.
Strict vigilance would be maintained to ensure that security measures are in place by the police as well as peace committees. Meanwhile, the Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) officials will ensure arrangements for maximum convenience to road users and special deployment to be made for smooth flow of traffic at alternate routes when processions will be carried out.—APP

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