Cars, motorcycles should be parked 1,000 yards away from imambargahs: Malik

Published: November 21, 2012

Interior Minister Rehman Malik says motorcycles will not be allowed to go with the Muharram processions. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Giving details of the security arrangements for Muharram processions, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Wednesday that he had directed the home secretary of Sindh that cars and motorcycles should be parked at least 1,000 yards away from imambargahs.

Speaking to the media in Islamabad after attending a meeting regarding security arrangements for 7th, 9th and 10th of Muharram, Malik said that motorcycles will not be allowed to go with the Muharram processions.

He said that the areas which were declared vulnerable according to intelligence reports would be closely monitored and a three-layer security will be put into place.

“I got the vulnerable areas identified by the home secretary of Sindh and directed him that motorcycles should be kept away from a radius of half kilometers,” said Malik. He added that information regarding the residents of those areas will be obtained and only “they will be allowed to take their motorcycles home.”

The interior minister further said that motorcycles will not also allowed to enter areas marked as red zones, during nighttime.

Malik said that he had also briefed the Balochistan administration regarding the security arrangements. “They [the Balochistan administration] was so happy to hear about the arrangements that they told me ban cellular services as long as the situation is under control,” he chuckled and added that he had assured them that the bans were only temporary.

He said that killings were brought down by 75% in Quetta and that the security situation in the city and surrounding cities had become better.

“I had committed before the chief justice of Pakistan that I will personally monitor the situation of Balochistan,” said Malik. “I regularly give him report and speak to him, too, regarding the situation.

Talking about a television show aired Tuesday night, Malik said, “When I give instructions, people say I am interfering and when I don’t, they call me a failure.”

Reader Comments (14)

  • FactCheck
    Nov 21, 2012 - 5:42PM

    If you cannot control criminals from inflicting crime on ordinary people, restrict civil right of the ordinary people.

    ONLY IN PAKISTAN!

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  • Lobster
    Nov 21, 2012 - 5:47PM

    This is the same distance between truth and Mr. Malik.

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  • Ovais
    Nov 21, 2012 - 5:55PM

    Cant u stop processions ..of this minority … why should we sufferRecommend

  • Nov 21, 2012 - 6:06PM

    you are hero :p

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  • Skeptic
    Nov 21, 2012 - 6:16PM

    Don’t you know any bigger Unit Malik to describe the distance , 1000 ” Yards” !!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Smj
    Nov 21, 2012 - 7:15PM

    @Ovais: Can’t you “majority” stop blowing up…Why should we suffer

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  • Something Clever
    Nov 21, 2012 - 7:20PM

    Ah, so then they’ll just have to walk 1,000 yards. That’ll stop them.

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  • Pro Truth
    Nov 21, 2012 - 7:22PM

    The way you are annoucing every measure in advance, terrorists will go by their contingency plans. Why government has to share every and each details of security with media? element of surprise will have more chances of catching these culprits rather warning them in advance!

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  • Nov 21, 2012 - 8:09PM

    Genius mind, Malik is king

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  • Human
    Nov 21, 2012 - 8:26PM

    @Smj:
    What makes you say that the “majority” is behind all this?
    @Ovais:
    Please, mind your language. Rabi-ul-Awal is right around the corner. Similar things can happen in that as well, so better not start with the Shia / Sunni discussion. Let them practice what they want, and practice what you want. Whoever is doing this, wants both sects to fight among each other, so you better mind the things that are under your control.

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  • Zulfiqar Mirza
    Nov 21, 2012 - 8:52PM

    Yeh saib (apple) kha raha hoga tu kaheyga k Kela (Banana) kha raha hon.

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  • gp65
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:54PM

    @Ovais: “Cant u stop processions ..of this minority “

    Ah so now Shia are also included in minority? Who is next on your list to be included in inority defintion – Barelvi sunnis?

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  • SM
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:17PM

    Parking attendant “General” Rehman Malik at work.. taking notice of problems.

    He is actually the Minister for Notices…

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  • A
    Nov 22, 2012 - 11:28AM

    @gp65:

    Mr @Ovais is apparently suffering from the lack of oxygen which has stopped reaching his brain due to the sheer chaos around rendering him incapable of comprehending basic principles and pretty much everything that has to do with common sense.

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