Islamabad/rawalpindi - Local Ulema (religious scholars) yesterday agreed upon maintaining atmosphere of brotherhood during the holy month of Muharram. They agreed to a number of points put before them by the local administration as they sat to discuss a strategy to maintain peace during the holy month. The Ulema assured the administration that they will follow the code for the use of loud speaker. “They will not hurt the sentiments of other sects through speeches, posters and slogans against one another,” reads the code of conduct agreed upon between the administration and Ulema. The Ulema also assured the administration of their complete cooperation in maintaining law and order during the month.

Separately, Industrial Area police foiled a bid to speed away with a snatched car and arrested two persons red-handed, besides recovering weapons from their possession, a police spokesman said yesterday.

According to details, a cab driver Raja Atif s/o Syed Muhammad informed Industrial Area police about snatching of his vehicle (LOX-1648). He said that three persons came to him at around 2045 hours near Faizabad bus stop and asked to drive towards Golra shrine. On way, they took pistols out near sector H-9 and snatched cash, vehicle and other valuables from him. The police party, on information, chased the car-snatchers who abandoned the cab near H-9 Bazaar and fled. However, the police succeeded to overpower two snatchers who were later identified as Sajjad and Junaid. Police also recovered weapons from their possession and efforts are under way to trace their third accomplice.

Meanwhile in Rawalpindi, City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi held a meeting with members of district peace committee, Ulema and traders to review security arrangements for Muharram-ul-Haraam yesterday.

The meeting was attended by District Coordination Officer (DCO) Sajid Zafar Dall, SSP (Operations) Karamat Ullah Malik, SPs, DSPs, SHOs, members of peace committees and traders unions.

Addressing the participants, CPO Abbasi said that Muharram-ul-Haraam gives Muslims a lesson of unity, love, brotherhood and peace. He said, “We should respect the thinking, ideology and creeds of other sects and should also avoid fanning the sectarianism.

Rawalpindi police are fully prepared to guard the procession and Majalisis and National Action Plan will also be implemented in its true letter and spirit to tackle any terror threat.”

He said that the use of amplifier would be banned during Muharram while all the routes of processions would be scanned properly as per security plan.

DCO Sajid Zafar Dall, while speaking on the occasion, said that the security situation in the city is far better than the last year. All the sects should create brotherhood, he said.

The traders and Ulema also assured the CPO and DCO their full cooperation during Muharram.