September 18, 2019

Extra CCTV cameras to be installed to monitor Muharram Majalis and processions

To ensure greater security during Majalis and the Muharram processions, Sindh Prime Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah approved the installation of additional CCTV cameras in the city and ordered the enforcement agencies of the law (LEA) that deploys its staff throughout Sindh.

He has also ordered the authorities to keep 52 army companies in reserve so they can be called in case of any emergency.

The CM issued the directives on Sunday during a meeting on law and order. He said that during the past three years, no major incident had taken place in Muharram in the province. “This shows that the political will of the government, the hard work of law enforcement agencies, the police, rangers and intelligence agencies and their sacrifices have produced the best results in terms of restoration of law and order. in the city, “he said.

Murad expressed concern about the selective murder of a doctor in the city. “This shows that we still have to do a lot,” he said.

Information from DG Rangers

Director General (DG) Sindh Rangers Major General Omer Ahmed Bokhari informed the meeting about security arrangements during Muharram. He said the main procession route had become a bit long this year due to work in progress on MA Jinnah Road between Numaish and the Tibet Center.

The meeting was informed that 7,700 Rangers personnel would be deployed for the security of the Moharram processions. The Directorate General of Rangers said that 3,400 soldiers of the Rangers would be deployed in the East Zone, 600 in the West Zone, 400 in the Mirpurkhas division, 600 in the Shaheed Benazirabad division, 1,000 in the Sukkur division and 1,700 in the Larkana division.

He added that 52 army companies would be deployed throughout Sindh, of which 14 would be in the Karachi division, five in Hyderabad, four in Mirpurkhas, three in Shaheed Benazirabad, 10 in Sukkur and 16 in the Larkana divisions.

Police arrangements

Sindh Police Inspector General (IGP), Dr. Syed Kaleem Imam, informed the meeting that there were 2,015 imambargahs in the province, including 590 in the Hyderabad division, 464 in Larkana, 374 in Sukkur, 342 in Karachi, 138 in Mirpurkhas and 107 in Shaheed Benazirabad. divisions He added that there would be 15,971 Majalis throughout Sindh, of which 1,408 had been declared more sensitive and 5,199 sensitive, in terms of security needs.

The IGP said that 71,485 male and female police force personnel would perform security tasks during Muharram throughout the province, of which 7,044 and 52,725 would be part of the mobile force and static force respectively, and 6,539 would be deployed in police pickets and 5,177 would be the reserve force.

In Sindh, 6,288 Matami processions would be carried out, of which 439 have been declared more sensitive and 1,788 sensitive.

The IGP told the meeting that aerial surveillance would be carried out from Muharram 8, in 21 different places in Karachi, six in the Hyderabad division, one in Shaheed Benazirabad, seven in Sukkur and five in the Larkana divisions. Similarly, 93 mobile phone blockers would be installed throughout Sindh.

Some 856 containers had been obtained to block roads leading to processions, as reported at the meeting. The IGP said a total of 1,022 traffic police would be deployed in the province for Muharram processions.

IG Karachi Ghulam Nabi Memon additional informed the meeting about the security plan in Karachi and said that the Muharram 9 procession would begin at 12 noon from Nishtar Park and pass through Guru Mandir and New MA Jinnah Road.

The procession would offer Namaz-e-Zuhrain at the VVIP Gate of Mazar-e-Quaid, after which it would pass through the roundabout of the villages, Saddar Dawakhana, Empress Market, Regal Chowk, Tibet Center and Plastic Market to reach Hussainian Iranian Imambargah There would be more than 30,000 mourners in the procession.

Speaking about the Muharram 10 procession, Adl IG Karachi said he would start from Nishtar Park and follow the same route, but that Namaz-e-Zuhrain would be offered at the Tibet Center at 1:30 p.m. The procession would end in Hussainian Iranian Imambrgah. There would be more than 50,000 mourners.

Memon said that taking into account the possible threats, inspection doors and police deployment would be installed on the roofs of nearby buildings. The bomb disposal squad would sweep the areas and all points of entry to the procession would be kept under strict surveillance.

He said that ambulances and other escort vehicles have received security passes. Media vans would also have stickers or security passes. An SP level officer would lead the procession and maintain close coordination with

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