KARACHI - Terror threat is looming over the city as over 5,000 security personnel have been deployed to avert the possible threat of terrorism during the Chehlum procession of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA).

Sindh Inspector General of Police Ghulam Hyderi Jamali directed the police force to provide foolproof security to the processions and majalis during the Chehlum.

He said sweeping by the bomb disposal squad of the routes of processions and majalis should be ensured. IGP was also informed by the senior police officials that encroachments on the procession routes will also be removed.

He was further informed that around 70 small and big processions and 290 majalis will be conducted. Besides police commandos and operational police, the officials and personnel of the Sindh Reserve Police, Anti Riots Platoons, Special Branch, Crime Investigation Department, Special Investigation Unit will also perform special duties to secure the central procession.

As many as 200 personnel would be deployed on the rooftops along with the main procession route and also established watch towers in the surroundings of Nishter Park where main Majlis for Chehlum will be started on 10:30am.

It is worth mentioning here that militants are still operating in the metropolis and agencies have warned about the possible attack during the Chehlum procession. Frequent killing of police personnel and unabated sectarian killing have witnessed the existence of militant outfits in the port city.

Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen has demanded the government and the security officials to ensure foolproof security to the mourning congregations and processions of Hazrat Imam Hussain’s (RA) chehlum.

Allama Mukhtar Imami, secretary general of the Sindh MWM chapter, said terrorists wanted to destroy entire Pakistan. “Targeted murders of Shias continued unabated under an organised campaign aimed to genocide the Shias by the takfiri terrorists. It means government and security officials have failed to establish their writ,” he said.

Allama Imami said takfiri terrorists were involved in the killings of Muslims in settled areas for long and now Daesh terrorist network was being setup. He cited the graffiti of Daesh, pro-Daesh sloganeering and flags hoisting in different areas including Khairpur, the home district of Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah.

“Takfiris pose serious threat to the people of Pakistan including Sindh. There must be zero tolerance for them. Government and security officials either rid the people of terrorists with this devilish mindset or quit so that those capable to do this essentially-needed job should take over,” he demanded. Meanwhile, Sindh Prisons Minister Manzoor Hussain Wassan on Friday visited the Ghausia Colony, which is adjacent to the Central Prison Karachi (CPK), as well as the surroundings of the prison to review the security arrangements. Sindh Jails Inspector General Nusrat Hussain Mangan and other officials concerned of the Sindh Prisons department were also present, said a statement. The minister directed the officials concerned to start the construction of 60-feet-high security towers, which is planned to be built beside the wall of jail adjacent to Ghausia Coloney. He was told that T-Wall has been built beside the wall adjacent to Ghausia Coloney in accordance with the security plan.

It was also informed to the minister that the construction of bomb-proof wall on the all four sides of the Central Jail is underway.

The visitors allowed entering jail after passing through the walk-through gates and scanning of their luggage. The IG Prisons briefed the minister about the steps to recover the land encroached outside the Juvenile prison Karachi. He also briefed the minister about the security arrangements at Hyderabad and Sukkur jails as well as about ongoing projects about construction of bomb-proof walls.

He directed the IG Prisons for timely shifting of the prisons to other jails in view of the security of the prisoners involved in serious crimes.