QUETTA -  At least 22 jawans of Frontier Corps on Friday sustained injuries when a speeding passenger coach turned turtle due to tyre burst at Makran Coastal Highway.

According to Hub Naib Tehsildar Abdus Salam and Hangol Levies check post in-charge Abdul Jaleel Soomro, 40 security personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) were travelling in the passenger coach. As the speeding vehicle reached Makran Coastal Highway, it turned turtle, injuring 22 security jawans.

Receiving information of the mishap, Lasbela Deputy Commissioner Shabbir Ahmed Mengal rushed to the spot and launched rescue activities with the help of Levies men. Edhi ambulances were also called in to rush the wounded to hospital.

CHEHLUM OBSERVED

AMID TIGHT SECURITY

The chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and the other martyrs of Karbala was observed on Friday in Quetta amidst tight security arrangements.

The killing of DIG Hamid Shakeel and his guards in a suicide attack a day earlier had shocked the people of the provincial capital. The government had, therefore, directed the administration and law-enforcing agencies to take strict security measures. Mobile phone service also remained suspended in the city.

The routes of the chehlum processions were checked and cleared by bomb disposal squads after which they were sealed in the presence of traders’ representatives one day before the chehlum. More than 4,000 security men, including police, Balochistan Constabulary, Anti-Terrorist Force, Rapid Response Group and Frontier Corps, were deployed on the routes of the procession. As part of vigorous security measures, special passes were issued to the security personnel positioned on the routes and nobody was allowed to enter the processions without such passes.

The Chehlum processions were also monitored through CCTV cameras while their aerial view was also taken. As a result of these steps no untoward incident was reported from anywhere.

The main mourning procession, led by Balochistan Shia Conference President Syed Dawood Agha and others, was taken out from Nichari Imambargah.

The home and tribal affairs department had already imposed ban on pillion riding under Section 144 in the jurisdiction of Brewery police station, Quaidabad and Gawalmandi in Quetta. Pillion riding had also been banned under Section 144 in Dera Murad Jamali, Chattar, Jaffarabad, Dera Allah Yar, Jhal Magsi, Dera Bugti, Sibi, Khuzdar and Hub in connection with the chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and the other martyrs of Karbala.