Over 11,000 security personnel to guard Muharram processions

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—As many as 11,500 personnel of Islamabad Police, Pakistan Rangers and Frontier Constabulary (FC) would perform security duties in the federal capital 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 (Operations) Islamabad Sajid Kiani following directions of IGP Islamabad Tariq Masood Yasin. 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 said that effective search operation as well as combing activities are being conducted in the slum areas of the city including Afghan habitats and enhance vigilance at all entrance points of the city. SSP (Operation) will himself monitor the search operations and relevant SPs have been also asked to inform his office on daily basis about progress in this regard.
He also directed to maintain close liaison with peace committees 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 will be held during Muharram-ul-Haram for which 10,000 contingents of Islamabad Police, 1500 Pakistan Rangers and 500 Frontier Constabulary has been deployed . The SSP has directed for strict security arrangements on these occasions and special checking of participants.

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