RAWALPINDI: Majlis Wehdad-e-Muslameen (MWM) Rawalpindi has demanded complete security for mourning programmes during the month of Muharram.
In this regard, the MWM Secretary General Allama Ali Akbar Kazmi said that the country was already facing internal and external challenges. He added that the enemy was cunning and it would not let go of any chance to create panic.
He said that the incumbent government had got rid of terrorism to a large extent. However, the enemies were always looking for a chance to display brutality.
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He said that everyone needed to be more vigilant while there should be proper arrangement of vetting and walk-through gates. However, he demanded that mourners should not face any trouble in the name of security.
The district administration has finalised security arrangements for mourning procession on Ashura.
As many as 3,000 police officers, rangers and civil defense volunteers would perform duties throughout the district to provide security to processions and mourners. Mounted police would also be deployed in front of and behind the procession.
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There will be a complete ban on pillion riding from Muharram 7 to Ashura while mobile phone service would face closure from 8am to 12 pm on day of Ashura.
The aerial surveillance of mourning procession would be done through helicopters while a contingent of the army would remain on alert from Muharram 7-11.
People will not be allowed to watch processions from the rooftops of their houses, shops and other buildings while there would be a complete restriction on storage of stones and bricks on rooftops.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2019.
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