The government has issued the security and health guidelines for Muharram gatherings across the country. In this regard, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has issued instructions keeping in view the recommendations of the Ulema concerned.
As per NCOC, all gatherings will be held under covid-19 SOPs, and “use of face masks, social distancing, thermal screening during religious processions will be ensured by the administration of that event”.
The forum also said, “Private gatherings at homes will be discouraged. Sanitizers and masks would be provided at the venues of the gatherings and processions.”
Moreover, the gatherings would be held in ventilated and open spaces, in addition to strict adherence of SOPs at all times, by everyone.
Lahore security plan
DIG Operations Lahore Sajad Kiani has said that over 10,000 police officers and officials including six SPs, 34 DSPs, 83 SHOs, personnel from Anti-Riot Force, Dolphin Squad, PRU and SSU will perform duties to provide complete protection to the participants of the mourning processions and majalis.
The DIG also informed that CCTV cameras have been installed at all the routes of main processions by Punjab Safe Cities Authority to ensure non-stop monitoring.
Sajjad said that the district administration is also completing all its arrangements regarding the installation of cameras, roads patchwork, drainage and proper lighting on the routes of processions.
Security plan for Gilgit
While addressing a press conference, the SSP Gilgit Raja Mirza Hasan said that a total of 169 Majalis would be held across the district, adding that places of 11 Majalis had been declared sensitive and 19 highly sensitive.
The SSP told the media that more than 1,000 security personnel, including lady constables, of police, GB Scouts and Rangers had been deployed for security of the mourners. He said patrolling on the roads and checking of people would also be enhanced.
Raja Hasan informed that around 56 processions would be taken out from Muharram 5 onwards in the district, adding that the police were going to launch an app to keep track of the people staying in hotels.
He said the police would ensure security of mourners with the help of 256 CCTV cameras, drone cameras and sniffer dogs.
Peshawar police seek suspension of mobile service on Muharram 9, 10
The Peshawar police have asked the home department to suspend cellular services in the city for Muharram 9 and 10.
While quoting a police official, Dawn reported that the police have talked with the home department about the suspension of mobile services, however, it is not confirmed as to how much area will be covered.
Meanwhile, the publication also reported that the authorities have also completed the deployment of army in several cities of the province for Muharram security, after the federal government’s approval.
As per the breakdown of troops, six companies are deployed in Kurram tribal district, four in Kohat, two in Lakki Marwat, two in Bannu and 12 in Dera Ismail Khan.
Meanwhile, four companies of the army have been deployed in the provincial capital, two in Nowshera district and one each in Tank and Mardan districts.
The deputy commissioner of Peshawar has also imposed Section 144 in the provincial capital for from Muharram 1 to Muharram 13.
From : pk.mashable.com