CM reviews Muharram arrangements

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KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the security arrangements for Moharram-ul-Harram majalis and processions must be provided fool-proof security.

This he said while presiding over a meeting to review security plan worked out by Pakistan Rangers and Sindh police for Moharramul Harram majalis and security arrangements.

Director General Rangers Major General Mohammad Saeed briefing the chief minister said that there would be a deployment of 8000 force. “I have held a number meeting with IG and Adl IGs and have chalked out a detailed plan with collective wisdom,” he said and added that the deployment of Rangers would start from first of Muharram to Chehlum.

He said that a close coordination have been evolved with the law enforcement agencies, intelligence. This coordination and intelligence network would be enough to ensure security. Apart from, the Rangers and police continuously conducting targeted operation in the city and on its outskirt. This process has also dismantled the network of terrorists and other outlaws in the city, the DG said.

Inspector General of Police briefing the meeting said that there were 1,932 Imambargahs in Sindh. In the entire province 9295 majalis would be held and 4004 matmi processions and 1658 tazia processions would be taken out.

He said that out of 9269 majalis 583 have been declared most sensitive, 2463 sensitive while 6249 are normal. Similarly, 340 matmi processions have been declared as most sensitive, 1337 sensitive and 2327 normal. As far as Tazia processions are concerned 65 have been declared most sensitive, 626 sensitive and 967 normal.

Talking about Karachi, the IG said that out of 320 majalis, 179 have been decalred as most sensitive, 767 sensitive and 320 normal. Out of 694 matmi processions, 116 are most sensitive, 530 sensitive and 48 normal. As far as Tazia processions are concerned no procession have been catagorised as most sensitive but 198 are sensitive and 217 normal.

The chief minister directed Home minister to start coordination with Ministry of interior for shutting down the cellphone network when and where required. “This is important to coordinate with the MoI in time,” he said.

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