• Federal Govt approves army deployment in sensitive areas in Muharram

    More than 12,000 army soldiers would be appointed in various parts of the country File Photo More than 12,000 army soldiers would be appointed in various parts of the country

    The federal government on Tuesday has approved the request of provinces regarding deployment of army in sensitive areas during Muharram-ul-Haram.

    All the four provinces wrote a letter to federation, demanding army personnel’s deployment in order to meet any untoward situation during the holy month.

    More than 12,000 army soldiers would be appointed in various parts of the country as a quick response force.

    The authorities would ensure the security of highly-sensitive areas in Rawalpindi, Lahore, Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar, Multan, Gujranwal, Faisalabad, Jhang, Hangu, Bannu, Kohat, D.I Khan and Chakwal.

    On the other hand, the district administration of Quetta has banned pillion riding by imposing Section-144 in an attempt to maintain law and order during Muharram 7 to 10.

    Sources said that police personnel have devised a security plan that would hold static deployment at alarming places, patrolling, installation of CCTV cameras and jammers and search operations.

    An important session presided over by provincial secretary Akbar Hussain was held in which as many as 32 Frontier Corps (FC) platoons were sought for security. Three army battalions and at least 6,000 police and Levies force officers would perform their duties.

    A senior security officer told that interior bazaars in city would be closed from Muharram 5 while an aerial monitoring of the processions would be carried out.

    Emergency would be imposed in five hospitals in the metropolis whereas federation has also been approached to ban cellular service on Muharram 9, 10.

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