QUETTA: The DIG of Quetta, Imtiaz Shah, has said that a comprehensive security plan has been prepared for Imambargahs and Ashura processions in the city.

Speaking at a press conference here on Saturday, he said that over 5,000 security personnel, including those from the Frontier Corps and three battalions of army, would be deployed around Imambargahs and along the routes of mourning processions. Three army battalions would remain on stand-by.

Senior police officers aboard two helicopters would monitor the main processions of Muharram 7, 9 and 10, he said, adding that police would keep an eye on the movement of processions and people near them at a control room through CCTV cameras installed at different places.

Around 2,500 policemen and personnel of law-enforcement agencies have already been deployed at 56 Imambargahs and 14 other places where women’s Majalis are held. The IG said that of the 56 Imambargahs, 23 had been declared very sensitive and 29 sensitive.

On the eve of the main processions, he said, their routes would be sealed after strict checking of shops, houses, hotels, restaurants and other buildings. Police and other authorities concerned have conducted a survey of hotels, shops, markets and houses along the routes of the processions.

Mr Shah said that 3,000 policemen would be deployed to provide security to the procession to be taken out on 7th of Muharram.

Published in Dawn, October 18th , 2015

On a mobile phone? Get the Dawn Mobile App: Apple Store | Google Play



07 Dec 2021

Losing fiscal discipline

ONE of the several changes proposed in the Fiscal Responsibility and Debt Limitation Act of 2005, seeking major...
07 Dec 2021

Taliban brutality

LAST WEEK, the US, the Western countries and other allies joined hands to condemn the Afghan Taliban for the alleged...
Dangerous justification
Updated 07 Dec 2021

Dangerous justification

AT a time when millions worldwide are consumed with anger and despair over the barbaric lynching of a Sri Lankan...
Who should vote?
06 Dec 2021

Who should vote?

Logistical issues regarding transparency in the casting of votes also require detailed deliberations.
06 Dec 2021

Weak fundamentals

LAST week, Pakistan’s finance chief Shaukat Tarin sought to reassure the markets and people that our economic...
06 Dec 2021

Winter sports potential

FOR a country blessed with three of the world’s most famous mountain ranges, Pakistan has produced precious few...