Cabinet Committee on Muharramul Harram Arrangements chairman Sirdar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa has said that 200 generators have been provided to the district administration for the processions and majaalis on 9 and 10 Muharram.
He directed that motorcycles and cars should be parked at least 50 metres away from majaalis and processions and electric and telephone lines should be removed from the route of processions.
He was presiding over a special meeting held to review the arrangements for Muharram at Darbar Hall of the Civil Secretariat on Wednesday.
Provincial Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, Special Assistant Jahanzeb Burki, MPAs Khawaja Imran Nazir, Rana Ejaz Ahmed Khan, Ajasam Sharif, the home secretary, the additional Inspector General of the Special Branch, high ranking officers of intelligence agencies and others attended the meeting.
Khosa said that due to security reasons it had been decided that the mourners would only be allowed to join the processions from their starting point and no one would be allowed to join the processions along the route.
He said that searchlights had been installed on police vehicles and fog lights have also been arranged. He said that the owners of houses, hotels, guest houses and commercial buildings where passengers and guests would be staying would be required to submit national identity cards and particulars of the guests to the concerned police stations and strict action would taken against violators.
Later, Khosa along with the Provincial Minster for Excise and Taxation Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman and Ajasam Sharif inspected the Lodge Road Secretariat and the Karbala Gamey Shah roads and reviewed the patch work of roads.
They directed the concerned officials to immediately complete the work and levelling of roads. They directed the Inspector General of Police to check the security arrangements on all the roads and submit a report.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 22nd, 2012.
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