Security imposed for Muharram processions across country

KARACHI: A ban on pillion riding across Sindh, including Karachi, has been announced by the provincial government on the 8th, 9th and 10th Muharram.

From the night of the 8th of Muharram until Ashura, there will be a ban on pillion riding in order to maintain law and order and avoid any untoward incident.

The ministry has been requested by the Sindh government to block the mobile phone services along the procession routes on Muharram 9 and 10.

According to the sources, security duties would be performed by as many as 69,545 police personnel across the province including 17,558 in Karachi, 2,237 in Mirpurkhas, 16,816 in Hyderabad, 8,258 in Sukkar, 9,280 in Shaheed Benazirabad and 15,404 in Larkana, reads a contingency plan prepared by AIG Operations Sindh for Muharram.

MA Jinnah Road has been sealed in Karachi with the containers and other barriers and would remain sealed for routine traffic on 9th and 10th Muharram. Furthermore, the Roads joining Saddar Regal Chowk, corridor-3 to Saddar Dawa Khana have also been sealed for traffic.

In the metropolis, the security has been beefed-up for 8, 9 and 10 Muharram processions. The police have blocked roads with containers and sealed shops.

9th and 10th September (Monday and Tuesday) has been declared as public holidays by the Sindh government on the occasion of Ashura.

The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Hyderabad district, Adeel Hussain Chandio has said that some 218 mourning processions and majalis have been said to be as sensitive in Hyderabad.

He added that over 4,000 policemen would be situated for security on the Muharram 10 along with the Rangers. A unit of Pakistan Army would also be in a standby position.

It was further added by him that the security officials were ensuring stringent security to prevent any incident although there was no specific threat of a terrorist attack in Hyderabad.

In Peshawar capital, at least 12,000 policemen have been situated under a comprehensive security plan.

The entry points to the district specifically the urban areas have been further strengthened. Furthermore, in order to monitor any suspicious activity, the closed-circuited television cameras (CCTV) have been installed in a number of places.

Apart from the regular police, policewomen and officials have also been situated in different parts of Peshawar in order to keep a check on any suspicious movement.

64 entry points have been set up by the police in the city where 268 policemen have been situated while barricades were put up in the provincial capital at 565 points to check the suspicious people.

An aerial vigilant will also be conducted on the 9th and 10 Muharram in the provincial capital Kohat, Peshawar, Hangu and Dera Ismail Khan.

Emergency has also been declared in Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) in order to ensure the provision of timely healthcare facilities during Muharram by creating six operation theaters, putting 16 ambulances for dealing with any emergency besides deputed 422 persons on high alert.

Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Liaqat Ali Malik said on Saturday that foolproof traffic arrangements had been finalized for the main procession route of Muharram 9 and 10.

According to the plan, 72 inspectors along with two SPs, Six DSPs, women traffic wardens and 1,351 wardens would perform their duties along the route of the main procession.

All office staff would also be situated on the roads in order to facilitate the general public and no vehicle would be allowed to enter from any arteries on the procession route.

Alternative routes from different points would be used for the traffic.

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