8,000 cops to guard Chehlum processions

Cellular services at major routes will remain suspended


Our Correspondent September 17, 2022
Mourners perform rituals during the chelum procession in Rawalpindi. PHOTO: NNI

LAHORE:

Over 8,000 policemen have been deployed in the provincial capital for security on the occasion of Chehlum of Imam Hussain to avoid any untoward incident.

The cellular services at the major routes of the Chehlum would remain suspended due to security reasons. Routes of processions would be monitored through cameras of the Punjab Safe City Authority (PSCA) and district administration, adding that linked roads and streets would be sealed and barriers and barbed wires would be installed. The major Chehlum gathering would conclude at Karbala Gamay Shah where hundreds of mourners would gather to pay homage to great Imam Hussain and other martyrs.

CCPO Dogar said the participants would be allowed to enter in processions after checking from three points, adding walkthrough gates, metal detectors and electric barriers would also be installed for checking.

The authorities have also banned pillion riding, aerial firing, show of weapons on the occasion of Chehlum through section 144.

The CCPO also met with the organisers, license holders along with Shia community leaders as well as members of central district peace committee and assured them fool-proof security by Lahore Police on Chehlum Imam Hussain.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 17th, 2022.

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