Security plan devised for 13th Muharram procession in Taxila

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Staff Report

RAWALPINDI

Police have devised a security plan for the 13th Muharram procession to be held in Taxila on Friday.

According to police spokesman, City Police Officer (CPO) capt ® Muhammad Faisla Rana reviewed security arrangements of 13th Muharram procession in a meeting and directed the officials to ensure proper security of the participants of the “Dheri Shahan” procession which would be taken out from Taxila.

Under the security plan, senior superintendent of police would supervise the arrangements, while superintendent police, deputy superintendent police and 290 cops would be deployed to give security cover to the procession.

The markets would remain close alongside the procession, while a single entry point would be designated for the mourners.

No one would be allowed to carry the weapons, the spokesman said, adding CCTV cameras and walk through gates would be installed to provide complete security cover to the mourners.

CPO Muhammad Faisal Rana made it clear that strict action would be taken against those who were found negligent in performing their duties.

He urged Ullema to play their effective role in promoting peace, harmony and brotherhood.

Earlier, Rawalpindi police have asked for 19 companies of the army and 10 of the Rangers, in addition to Punjab Constabulary and additional police, to avoid a situation similar to the violence that broke out on Ashura in 2013.

A senior police official told media that police have studied the 2013 violence thoroughly, and have taken the incident as a `learninglesson`while devising security forMuharram.

The most difficult task for police high-ups has been managing the ulema of various sects, particularly figures from the Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), as the party has been unhappy with the police for registering cases against its people for collecting animal hides on Eidul Azha.

According to sources, the police have been trying to convince Qari Attiqur Rehman, who is also unhappy with them and the district administration.

A police official said the police have involved all stakeholders, and are seel(ing assistance from parliamentarians in particular, in devising a security plan.

He said there has been intelligence regarding terror activities during Muharram, which is why the police are not taking any chances and are doing everything possible to maintain peace in the garrison city.