Traders demand strict security on Ashura

Rawalpindi—Recalling the disaster suffered by local traders of Madina Market and Al-Umer plaza in 2013 on Ashura day in Raja Bazar, President Markazi Anjuman Tajran Sheikh Siddique urged the Interior ministries of federal and provincial governments and heads of law enforcing agencies to take stringent security measures for ensuring peace and security in the city from 1 to 10 Muharram.
Talking to APP, Sh Siddique said the city administration must take extraordinary measures by intensifying snap checking and patrolling, effective monitoring of city’s entry and exit points, deployment of additional police force and Rangers, installation and repair of CCTV cameras and other security steps so that all processions and other religious activities conclude peacefully.
“We cannot afford any further loss of life and property, it takes years to recover and restore business hich was put on fire by the angry mob on November 15, in 2015,” he said.
Siddique called for taking the business community into confidence regarding the security plan devised for various routes of Muharram processions so that shopkeepers/traders could adhere to the security plan and schedule their business activities accordingly.
When contacted, the City Police Officer Israr Ahmed Abassi assured that foolproof security arrangements are being made to provide security to mourners as well as traders to feel a sense of security.—APP

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