LAHORE - The Rescue 1122 has cancelled holidays of its staff and directed to report for Muharram duty at their place of posting.

According to a press statement issued here on Sunday, Punjab Emergency Services Director General Dr Rizwan Naseer said on the special directive of the Chief Minister Punjab,7,000 highly-trained rescue officials would perform duty during Muharram.

He said special mobile rescue posts have been set up at district level across the province besides deployment of mobile ambulance services. He said that special rescue posts would cover the processions and sittings while mobile ambulances would escort the main processions and provide first aid. He said the entire staff would perform duty in round the clock. He said that all district heads of Rescue 1122 have also been directed to closely monitor the performance of Rescue posts in their areas.

SECURITY: All available resources would be fully utilized to thwart the nefarious designs of unscrupulous elements to maintain law and order and congenial atmosphere besides strengthening religious harmony among all sects during the month of Muharram-ul-Haraam.

Capital City Police Officer Haji Muhammad Aslam Tareen said in press statement here Sunday that a modern network of close circuit TV had been installed at all important routes of the Zuljinah besides walk-through gates at all processions and Majalis. He said video would also be made during the main procession passing through different areas. He said a sufficient number of police reserves, platoons and mobile teams of police commandos of elite force equipped with modern weapons and wireless fitted jeeps are conducting round the clock regular patrolling in all important areas of the city for maintaining law and order", he added.

He said Additional SPs and SDPOs had already been strictly directed to ensure round the clock patrolling in all the sensitive areas.

They had further been directed to personally visit the sensitive areas regularly in their respective jurisdiction and ensure harmony during Muharram ul Harram.

Aslam Tareen said the Punjab CM and IG have accorded highest priority to sectarian harmony in the province and had district administration to resolve sectarian disputes amicably,if any.The control room at his office will work round the clock to monitor the overall law and order situation in city.