Muharram preparations: Rawalpindi bans entry of 190 ulema

RAWALPINDI: The district administration has banned entry of 190 clerics during the month of Muharramul Haram.

“The banned Ulema belonged to different schools of thought. More than 10,000 armed policemen would be deployed to maintain peace during Muharram. Army troops, Rangers and Punjab Constabulary would also be deployed in Rawalpindi division,” the police spokesman informed on Sunday.Under the security plan, no one would be allowed to stand on rooftops of commercial and residential buildings situated along the routes of mourning processions.

City police has completed all the arrangements to maintain peace during the holy month and 10,000 armed policemen, volunteers, elite force and lady police would be deployed to give security cover to the processions.

Special checking of the procession routes would be completed after clearance by the bomb disposal squad and there would also be aerial surveillance of the processions to ensure foolproof security. CCTV cameras and walkthrough gates would be installed to provide complete security cover to the mourners.City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Ahmed Abbasi had organised various meeting with the Ulema, traders and District Peace Committee (DPC) members.

The CPO said that security of the region has further tightened to avert any untoward incident. Main mourning procession of the Muharram would be taken out from the Colonel Maqbool Imambargah and it would culminate at the Imambargah Qadeemi after passing through its designated route.The Qadeemi Imambargah would be the central point where all processions would gather from different localities of the city.


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