Spy agen­cies warn of pos­si­ble ter­ror­ism on Muhar­ram pro­ces­sions

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

KARACHI: In­tel­li­gence agen­cies have warned of pos­si­ble ter­ror­ism on Muhar­ram pro­ces­sions, Com­man­der Sachal Rangers (Sindh), Brig. Waseem Ayub said here on Tues­day.

"We have re­ceived in­tel­li­gence re­ports of at­tempts by the banned or­gan­i­sa­tions, Je­hadi Groups and Al-Qaeda, to tar­get pro­ces­sions spe­cially dur­ing 8th, 9th and 10th Muhar­ram," he told a press con­fer­ence at Rangers Head­quar­ters.

He said 7,143 per­son­nel of Rangers have been de­ployed all over the prov­ince to pro­vide se­cu­rity to the peo­ple at mosques, Imam­bar­gahs and pro­ces­sions.

At least 67 Imam­bar­gahs have been de­clared most sen­si­tive, 19 Imam­bar­gahs and 112 mosques sen­si­tive till Chehlum across the prov­ince, he pointed out.

Brig. Waseem said that Ulema of all schools of thought have been ap­pealed to cre­ate aware­ness among the peo­ple to co­op­er­ate with the law en­force­ment agen­cies to meet any emer­gency.

He said Karachi and in­te­rior of Sindh have been di­vided into three zone by the Rangers and added that no pri­vate ve­hi­cles and mo­tor­cy­cles will be al­lowed to reach near the ar­eas pointed out for re­li­gious con­gre­ga­tions.

In co­op­er­a­tion with the Ulema, he said, a mi­nor change in the route of the pro­ces­sion will take place on 9th and 10th of Muhar­ram due to se­cu­rity con­cerns, oth­er­wise, the pro­ces­sions will pass through the old routes.

The Spe­cial Rapid Rangers, team of Bomb Dis­posal Squad, snif­fer dogs of Rangers will re­main alert along with the per­son­nel of Po­lice along the routes of the pro­ces­sion, be­sides the aerial sur­veil­lance, he added.

In ad­di­tion, meet­ings have also been held with the higher au­thor­i­ties of Traf­fic Po­lice to en­sure smooth flow of traf­fic dur­ing the Muhar­ram pro­ces­sions.

Brig. Waseem said that round-the-clock mon­i­tor­ing has also been ar­ranged in co­or­di­na­tion with the City District Govern­ment Karachi (CDGK), the Po­lice Depart­ment and Rangers.

More­over, the Rangers in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Po­lice have also un­der­taken strict checks on ve­hi­cles at exit and en­try points of the me­trop­o­lis, he added

More­over, In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice Is­lam­abad Syed Kaleem Imam said here on Mon­day that Is­lam­abad Po­lice have ar­rested six ter­ror­ists from Cap­i­tal dur­ing last two weeks.

Talk­ing to me­di­a­men here, he said that po­lice foiled ter­ror at­tempt in the city by ar­rest­ing six al­leged ter­ror­ists re­cently. "In­ves­ti­ga­tion from the nabbed ter­ror­ists is un­der­way", he added.

He said that 7,500 po­lice­men would re­main en­gaged for se­cu­rity du­ties dur­ing Muhrar­ram-ul-Haram along with per­son­nel of Fron­tier Con­stab­u­lary (FC) and Rangers. The IGP said," keep­ing in view the se­cu­rity ar­range­ments for pre­vi­ous year, elab­o­rate steps have been made this year. There will be high se­cu­rity alert for 40 days. Strict check­ing will be made at var­i­ous points in the city".

He said that around 10,000 se­cu­rity of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing 7,500 po­lice­men, 1,500 per­son­nel of Rangers, over 1,500 FC men and three com­pa­nies of Army would re­main de­ployed in cap­i­tal dur­ing Muhar­ram. -App

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