KASUR-District Police Officer Muntazir Mehdi has issued a master plan vis-à-vis foolproof security arrangements for the upcoming month of Muharram.

According to the security plan, more than 3,000 security personnel will be deployed to guard 143 mourning processions and 564 Majalis scheduled to be held from 1st to 10th of Muharram.

The security personnel will comprise 2,200 policemen, 263 Qaumi Razakar, 600 police volunteers, and 150 Civil Defence volunteers. They will also include reserve staff of Punjab Constabulary, Muhafiz Force, Elite Force, etc. All these security personnel will be assisted by two companies of Pakistan Army during Ashura days-from 7th to 10th of Muharram. There will be a seven-layer security for one’s entry into a procession.

All the routes of mourning processions will be checked through sniffer dogs and other technical equipment. The installation process of CCTV cameras at Imambargahs in the district is under way, and all these security arrangements will be monitored from a control room at the DPO office. People coming to the mourning processions will be frisked thoroughly with metal detectors, and allowed to join the processions after passing through walkthrough gates. All the programs will be held according to the schedule, and no change in the route of a procession or holding of an unscheduled program will be allowed.

The DPO said that the police were conducting search operations in sensitive declared areas on a daily-basis to ensure peace in the district. He appealed to the people to inform local police in case of any suspicious activity around them.

Earlier, the DPO paid surprise visits to police stations in Pattoki City, Pattoki Saddr, Phoolnagar City, and Phoolnagar Saddr. He reviewed the officials’ performance, and inspected police records. He ordered the station house officers to go all out for the arrest of proclaimed offenders.

He also warned that negligence on the part of police officials would not be tolerated at all cost. He advised the police officers to treat citizens politely to bridge the gulf between police and the common man.