Published On: Tue, Dec 24th, 2013
Published in Category: Islamabad

Chehlum : Pillion-riding banned, Processions, majalis to be held today

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RAWALPINDI: Processions will be taken out and majalis will be held in every nook and corner of the country to mark the 40th day to the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (R.A) on Tuesday (today).

Pillion-riding on motorbike will be banned in different parts of the country as cellular phone services are also likely to be closed in various cities on Tuesday.

In Quetta town of restive Balochistan province, over 5000 personnel of police, Rangers and Frontier Constabulary (FC) have been deployed to provide security to Chehlum processions, with army put on high alert.

Sindh Government has called upon the authorities concerned to make foolproof security arrangements in every sensitive area during the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain whereas the Army has also been called in the metropolis as reserve force.

Deployment of the Army in different areas of the Karachi has been started from Monday.

The troops will be deployed on top of the buildings situated in procession route.

Inspector General of Police, Sindh Shahid Nadeem Baloch has directed senior police officers to ensure foolproof security to mourning processions and all majalis .

According to a press release, he issued these directives to the divisional and district police officers while reviewing a report about the overall security arrangements.

He ordered the police officers to brief the police officials/ personnel before their deployment in the field and ensure their presence till the required time.

The IGP said that the report of every moment should be provided to the central command & control room and media cell at central police office.

The Karachi police divided the city plan into different security sectors and a senior police officer of the rank of superintendent of police (SP) would be made officer in charge of each sector.

Meanwhile Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan ordered foolproof security on the occasion of the Chehlum while chairing a high level meeting in Islamabad.

The Minister said intelligence agencies and civil armed forces are providing full support to the provinces. He also directed for aerial surveillance of sensitive areas, asserting that “violence will be dealt with an iron hand.”

The Sindh government has announced to impose a ban on pillion riding on December 23 and 24 in six major cities, including Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Khairpur, on the occasion of Chehlum.
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