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Most of Rawalpindi sealed as Chehlum security increased

24 December, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Security has been tightened across the country for the Chehlum of Imam Hussain (RA) being observed Tuesday (today).

Most parts of Rawalpindi have been sealed for fear of untoward incidents. Cellular services will be suspended in various cities, with the government taking strict measures to ensure security for the mourners. In Rawalpindi, the Punjab government has finalised the security plan for Chehlum.

According to sources, the government has imposed a ban on pillion riding, use of loudspeakers and exhibition of arms in the city.Besides, thousands of police personnel and Rangers have also been deployed in the city, with entry and exit point of the troubled Raja Bazar sealed.

According to ISPR, 10,000 army troops have placed on alert to help the civilian government if called in aid of the law enforcement agencies.In Islamabad, where the Chehlum procession was taken out from the G-6 Imambargah on Monday, 3,000 security personnel were deployed on security duties.

Police tightened the security of five main imambargahs of the federal capital to avoid any untoward incident on the Chehlum. Police carried out joint patrolling in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi for the first time.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said strict security measures had been adopted to ward off any unpleasant incident on the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA). Talking to the media at the Aitchison College Lahore, he said the country was facing serious challenges of terrorism and extremism and under the prevailing situation, there was dire need of unity and solidarity in the society.

He said according to comprehensive security plan devised by the administrations of respective districts all law enforcing institutions would be on red alert to ensure that Chehlum processions and Majalis are held in a peaceful atmosphere. He said four-tier security cordon would be established around the processions. The minister disclosed that strict legal action would be taken against those making provocative speeches.

Deputy inspector general-Operations (DIG-Operations) Lahore has said that any terrorist activity cannot be ruled out despite the arrest of a terrorist earlier. CCTV cameras have been placed at routes of the mourning processions in the city of Multan.

In Quetta, over 5,000 personnel of police, Rangers and Frontier Constabulary (FC) have been deployed to provide security to Chehlum processions, with army put on high alert. Routes of the mourning processions will be monitored by the LEAs. Polio drive in 20 districts of Balochistan has been called off as per request of the Home Department which says it would be difficult to provide security to anti-polio workers during Chehlum of martyrs of Karbala martyrs (Dec 24) and birth anniversary of Quaid-i-Azam (Dec 25). Polio drive was scheduled to start on Monday.

Strict measures have been taken to control law and order situation in Peshawar. Similar arrangements have been made for the occasion in Parachinar.On the orders of Sindh government, authorities have made foolproof security arrangements in all sensitive area whereas the Army has also been called in the metropolis as reserve force.

Deployment of the Army in different areas of the Karachi started on Monday. The troops will be deployed on top of the buildings situated along procession route.The cellular services and pillion riding will be blocked and banned in Karachi, Hyderabad, Khairpur, Mirpur Khas, Sukkur and Larkana for Chehlum. Exhibition of arms will be banned and special permissions for carrying weapons have also been cancelled. The Karachi police have 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.

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