Spy agencies warn of possible terrorism on Muharram processions
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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