HYDERABAD/SUKKUR/TM KHAN – Sindh Minister Zubair Ahmed said that all efforts are being made to ensure law and order during Muharram. He urged all the religious groups to show harmony towards each other on the occasion.

The minister said while chairing a meeting in Hyderabad on Tuesday. MNA Tayyab Hussain, MPAs Suhail Yousuf, Akram Adil and Wasim Hussain, HMC’s administrator Syed Barkat Rizvi, SSP Hyderabad Farid Jan Sarhindi and other officials attended the meeting. The minister asked the police chief to increase deployment around the city to prevent any untoward incident.

“The security should be beefed up also with the help of modern technology at all the important intersections, markets, mosques, imam bargahs, entry and exit points of the district as well as the sensitive areas,” he said. Ahmed directed the administrator to increase lighting arrangements in the city specially the places and routes of Muharram processions.

The minister also asked Rizvi to coordinate with the management of the Hyderabad Electric Supply Company to carryout minimum loadshedding and prevent power outages during Muharram. “If the loadshedding is inevitable than such a time should be selected for it during which there is no big activity taking place in the city,” he suggested.

The meeting also appealed to the citizens to cooperate with the police and the other government departments during Muharram.

Similarly, police have been put on high alert till further orders in the entire district in view of the law and order situation and sensitivity in Karachi and Hyderabad. All police personnel have been called on duty by cancelling their leave and snap checking with cordoning off the specific areas is being carried out in the entire district. A meeting presided over by the Senior Superintendent of Police Hyderabad Farid Jan Sarhandi reviewed the foolproof security plan in connection with Muharram the other day.

In Sukkur, Deputy Commissioner Bilal Memon has said that procession would be allowed to join or leave the main procession till its culmination during Muharram. The DC said that extraordinary security arrangements would be made for peaceful observance of Muharram mourning. He said this while talking to media after a meeting with religious scholars, leaders and officials of law-enforcement agencies in connection with Muharram arrangements at his office.

He said that control rooms would be set up in offices of the DC and assistant commissioners of the Sukkur district to respond to complaints regarding Muharram arrangements. He said the control rooms and complaint centres would work round the clock and coordinate with officials concerned to address public complaints.  Officials of law-enforcement agencies, North Sindh Urban Services Corporation, Sukkur Electric Supply Company, TMAs and other departments concerned would be there in the complaint centres, he added.

 He said religious scholars and leaders would also be taken into confidence to ensure proper security arrangements. Earlier, the deputy commissioner held separate meetings with religious scholars and leaders, officials of law-enforcement agencies and other important people and discussed Muharram arrangements with them.

In TM Khan, Senior Superintendent of Police Muhammad Ali Baloch reviewed security arrangements made for the peaceful observance of Muharram in the district. He presided over a meeting aimed at reviewing the law and order situation which was attended by the religious scholars, political leaders, and civil society members and police officials of three talukas. Some preliminary meetings had been held in the SSP building hall to finalise the manpower requirements of the law-enforcement agencies as well as the number of sensitive places and areas to be covered.

Baloch called for maximum vigilance and an adequate presence of law-enforcement personnel, including the commandos and special bomb disposal teams, to deter any sectarian violence. He declared only three processions are sensitive out of 203 for which 1,183 security personnel will be deployed during the Muharram.

He said district police have established a central control room at the SSP office for 24-hour monitoring during Muharram to ensure fool-proof security for mourning processions and Majalis throughout the district.