900 re­li­gious places de­clared sen­si­tive in Muhar­ram in Khy­ber Pak­thunkhwa

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

PESHAWAR: As many as 500 Im­mam Bar­gahs and 900 re­li­gious places have been de­clared sen­si­tives on oc­ca­sion of Muhar­ram-ul-Har­ram in Khy­ber-Pak­thunkhwa as the govern­ment has put se­cu­rity on high alert in pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal to ward off any sub­ver­sive ac­tiv­ity, of­fi­cials sources in Po­lice Depart­ment said on Tues­day.

Un­der the se­cu­rity plan, strict ac­tion will be taken against el­e­ments found guilty in vi­o­la­tion of sec­tion 144 and coun­try's laws dur­ing Mo­har­ram. The cit­i­zens have been asked to co­op­er­ate with staff of law en­force­ment agen­cies posted on check-posts in their own in­ter­est. "A vi­o­la­tor of laws would be held re­spon­si­ble for any con­se­quences," the se­nior of­fi­cer of Po­lice Depart­ment said.

In ad­di­tion to Po­lice, spe­cial pow­ers were also given to Fron­tier Corps and Fron­tier Con­stab­u­lary to main­tain se­cu­rity and ward-off any even­tu­al­ity dur­ing Muhar­ram.

Eight dis­tricts in­clud­ing Peshawar, Ko­hat, Hangu and D.I.Khan have been de­clared very sen­si­tive. Peshawar will be al­most sealed from Ist Muhar­ram and ban has been im­posed on pil­lion-rid­ing be­sides clo­sure of ho­tels.

A com­pre­hen­sive se­cu­rity plan for Muhar­ra­mul-Har­ram has been chalked out by City po­lice and eight dis­tricts in the prov­ince has been de­clared most-sen­si­tive and twelve sen­si­tive in the prov­ince.

Of­fi­cial sources in­formed that 900 re­li­gious places in sen­si­tive dis­tricts were de­clared sen­si­tive while 15 Imam­Bar­gahs, 11 routes, and 5 mosques in Peshawar were de­clared most-sen­si­tive. Col­lec­tively, more than 500 Imam-Bar­gahs in Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa were de­clared sen­si­tive while 450 other re­li­gious places were an­nounced most sen­si­tive in KPK.

The plan has been de­vised on the re­port of In­te­rior Min­istry re­gard­ing se­cu­rity ar­range­ments dur­ing Muhar­ram-ul-Har­ram. In FATA, Kur­ram and Orakzai Agen­cies were de­clared more­sen­si­tive. The se­cu­rity plan has been chalked out by City po­lice for en­sur­ing a peace­ful at­mos­phere on Ashura and de­cided to en­sure spe­cial de­ploy­ment of law en­forcers on this sen­si­tive oc­ca­sion. Army has been made on standby po­si­tion, he added. All the en­try and exit points of routes of pro­ces­sions on 9th and 10th of Muhar­ram would be sealed. All hos­pi­tals in­clud­ing Lady Read­ing, Hay­atabad Med­i­cal Com­plex, and Hayat Sha­heed Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal were put on high alert. The am­bu­lances of these hos­pi­tals would be de­ployed to pro­vide med­i­cal cover to Ma­jalis and pro­ces­sions.

Ex­tra vig­i­lance would be main­tained in and around the Ma­jalis and on routes of pro­ces­sions in close co­or­di­na­tion with lo­cal peace com­mit­tees and or­gan­is­ers of the pro­ces­sions and Ma­jalis in the city and ru­ral ar­eas. The district ad­min­is­tra­tion would also con­tact with the PESCO of­fi­cials for ad­just­ing load man­age­ment sched­ule in ar­eas and stand-by ar­range­ments for gen­er­a­tors by the or­gan­is­ers. The re­li­gious schol­ars of all school of thoughts and a code of con­duct agreed upon by the re­li­gious schol­ars were fi­nalised for main­tain­ing an at­mos­phere of broth­er­hood and tol­er­ance be­sides in­ter­faith har­mony. Se­cu­rity of­fi­cials would be de­ployed at sen­si­tive and pu­bic places to keep a vig­i­lant eye on their sur­round­ings. Main pro­ces­sions will be cov­ered through se­cu­rity cam­eras. -App

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