FAISALABAD/SIALKOT

Divisional Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Akram Jawed has urged the media to eschew sensational reporting, saying that such reporting could create law and order situation particularly during Muharram days.

Addressing a news-conference, he said that strict security measures had been adopted in Faisalabad to protect Muharram Majalis and processions by deploying police force and volunteers on all the routes of processions. He added that the number of police personnel at 172 sensitive spots has been increased. RPO Chaudhry Muhammad Nawaz Warraich, DCO Noorul-Ameen and Assistant Commissioner (General) Mehr Shafqatullah Mushtaq were also present on the occasion.

The commissioner said that as much as 1,502 Muharram processions would be taken-out in all the four districts of Faisalabad Division while over 4,000 Majalis will be held where trained police force has been deputed to thwart any terrorist activity. He said that  a number of Peace Committees comprising Ulema and elite of the city have also been constituted at district level. The commissioner said that he along with the RPO and DCOs visited a number of sensitive points in Faisalabad and other districts and checked the routes of the processions and the places of Majalis.

He said that he was quite satisfied with these strict security arrangements. He further said that a contingent of Pak Army would also help the civil administration in case of any emergency during Muharram days. He asked the media men to share the information with the administration in case of any incident during the Muharram days.

RPO Nawaz Warraich addressing the media said that the local administration and the police have completed their homework to strictly guard all the routes of Muharram processions and Majalis. He added that the fronts, rear, sides, rooftops and other surrounding points leading to these Majalis and processions would be thoroughly guarded.

He said that in addition to installation of walk-through gates, frisking of the persons desirous of joining these processions and Majalis would be made. He said that adequate police patrolling will be arranged and surveillance cameras have been activated to take snaps. The DCO also addressed the media and said that a number of control rooms have been established in Faisalabad which have been linked with the Central Control Room to minutely check the Muharram processions and Majalis and keep a vigilant eye on anti-social elements.

He was confident that keeping in view the strict security measures in Faisalabad, Muharram will pass peacefully. He said that the administration had categorised Muharram Majalis in 3 categories and the police would be deployed at these points according to their requirement. He said that the police would continue search operation and keep a vigilant eye on ‘ and nab them before time to help avert their nefarious designs.

In Sialkot, Sialkot District Coordination Officer Iftikhar Ali briefed visiting Commissioner Gujranwala Division Khawaja Shamail Ahmed during an important meeting held here to review Ashura security arrangement.

The DCO said that 154 processions will be taken out in Sialkot district amid tight security and which will pass through their traditional routes. The processions would be terminated at the main Imambargahs in Imam Sahib Chowk, Adda Pasruriyan and other processions coming from the different areas will merge in the main processions at Chowk Shaheedaan Sialkot city. Thousands of the mourners will walk in the processions and express their grief by beating their chests and flagellating themselves with hands and knife-fitted chains, he added.

He said that 10th of Muharram would be observed with reverence, religious solemnity in  Sialkot district, here peacefully amid tight security, as the district police were successfully implementing a foolproof security plan.

He said the police had chalked a foolproof security plan to ensure peace and promote religious harmony, adding that the police force had been provided with modern and sophisticated weapons to avert any untoward incident.

However, hundreds of the police personnel and members of the law enforcing sensitive agencies were patrolling in all the 45 sensitive areas in Sialkot district.

SP(Investigation) Sialkot Asad Sarfraz Khan told newsmen that they would remain deployed at Imambargahs and mosques to prevent any untoward incident ensuring and maintenance of law and order.