Unprecedented Security Measures for Muharram in Rawalpindi: Over 6000 Police Officers Deployed
Extensive Security Deployment
As part of an unprecedented measure to ensure the safety and security of citizens during the holy month of Muharram, over 6000 police officers have been deployed across Rawalpindi. The deployment plan was announced by the City Police Officer (CPO), Rawalpindi Syed Khalid Hamdani, and is aimed at securing the 447 Muharram processions and 1925 Majalis in the city.
The deployment includes personnel from district police, ladies police, Elite Force, Traffic Police, and Dolphin Force. In addition to this, over 1000 traffic police officers have been specifically assigned to manage traffic during the processions and Majalis.
Focus on Sensitive Processions
Special security measures have been put in place for 40 sensitive processions in the city. These measures include the use of snipers who will be deployed on rooftops along the procession routes. Moreover, every person joining the processions and Majalis will be subject to body searches to ensure maximum security.
Volunteers to Supplement Security Forces
The comprehensive security plan also includes the deployment of over 5000 volunteers who will supplement the security forces during Muharram. These volunteers will assist the police in ensuring the smooth conduct of processions and Majalis.
Precautionary Measures for Maintaining Peace
The police have held meetings with local scholars and administration officials in Taxila, Murree, Kahuta, Gujar Khan, and Rawalpindi to ensure peace during Muharram. These meetings were aimed at preempting any potential issues and ensuring a peaceful environment for the holy month.
24/7 Monitoring and Control
The Rawalpindi Police control room will be monitoring the situation around the clock. Streets and link roads along the procession routes will be sealed as an additional security measure. The police will also keep a strict watch on social media, to take action against those spreading religious and communal hatred.
Restrictions on Scholars
In an effort to maintain communal harmony and prevent the incitement of violence, the police have banned the entry of 36 scholars and the speech of 26 others in Rawalpindi district. This step is seen as crucial in ensuring that the processions and Majalis are conducted in a peaceful atmosphere.
Public Holidays Declared
The federal government has declared public holidays on the 9th and 10th of Muharram (July 28 and 29) on account of Ashura. Ashura, which will be observed on July 29, is a day of great significance in the Islamic calendar and is observed with solemnity and respect across the country.
Commitment to Maintaining Law and Order
The CPO has assured that the best possible arrangements are being made to maintain law and order during Muharram. The Rawalpindi Police are working in coordination with Ulemas, the District Peace Committee, and Anjuman-e-Tajran to ensure a peaceful Muharram.
These extensive security measures reflect the commitment of the Rawalpindi Police to ensure the safety of citizens during the holy month of Muharram. With the cooperation of the community, the police are confident of maintaining a peaceful atmosphere throughout the month.
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