Islamabad - The provincial government of Punjab believes that 6 religious scholars from Deoband sect may potentially act in a manner prejudicial to public safety and maintenance of public order in the province during Moharram-ul-Haraamand also banned their entry into the province.

All these Ulema hail from Islamabad. Under the order issued by Punjab government, all these Ulema shall not enter, reside, or remain in the province for two months from the issuance of the order.

Maulana Abdul Aziz, Khateeb Lal Masjid Islamabad has been refrained by Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments from entering in their respective provinces for two months. Those banned from entering in Punjab include Masood-ur-Rehman Usmani, resident of Karachi Company Islamabad; Maulana Abdul Aziz, Khateeb Lal Masjid Islamabad; Maulana Abdul Saleem from Islamabad; Maulana Nazir Ahmed from Islamabad; Maulana Sulman Gill from Islamabad; and Professor Talib-ur-Rehman from Islamabad. All these Ulema belong to Deoband sect.

The provincial government believes that these Ulema may make inflammatory speeches or indulge in activities prejudicial to public safety and maintenance of good order in the province.

“Their speeches, presence or other activities are likely to promote feelings of hatred and ill-will amongst different sects and thus causing law and order situation, especially in the wake of present security environment,” reads the order issued by Home Department, Punjab government ahead of the holy month of Muharram-ul-Haraam. Keeping in view the sensitive nature of Muharram, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has also restricted movement of 209 local ulema.  They will not move from home districts to other parts of the province.

On the other side, the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has banned entry of 146 ‘fire brand’ speakers/ulema from other parts of the country into the province, besides restricting movement of 209 indigenous Ulema within the province for a period of two months as they may act in a manner prejudicial to the public safety and maintenance of public order in the province during Muharram-ul-Haram.

Furthermore, Islamabad police along with contingents of Pakistan Rangers on Monday conducted flag march with an objective to maintain peace and tranquility in the city during Muharram. On the special directions of the Inspector General of Police Islamabad, SSP (Operations) Islamabad Sajid Kiani prepared a comprehensive plan of flag march to counter any challenge and maintain peace in the city.

The flag march was conducted under the supervision of SP (Rural) zone Dr Syed Mustafa Tanveer which was participated by all SDPOs and SHOs of Rural and Industrial Area Zone, officials of Pakistan Rangers, Islamabad Traffic Police, police commandos, Rescue-15 police and police patrolling officials.

Flag march started from Pakistan Sports Complex and culminated at the same point after passing through Dhokri Chowk, Rawal Dam Chowk, Shehzad Town, Tramaari Chowk, Lehtrar Road, Khanna Bridge, Koral Chowk, PWD Housing Society, Behria Town, Express Way, Kak Pul, Faizabad, I-8 Markaz, I-9 Markaz, Imambargah Jaferia, I-10 Markaz, I-10 markaz.

Meanwhile, Inspector General National Highways & Motorway Police Shaukat Hayat has said that NH&MP is a service-oriented and friendly police force. He said attention must be paid to facilitate the distress road-users by providing timely help, basic traffic education and briefing all and sundry. He was addressing to NH&MP officers of Motorway zone and Central zone in a ceremony of prize distribution which was held at NH&MP Headquarters Islamabad. The Inspector General also distributed commendation certificates and cash rewards among the officers and appreciated their performance.