In the view of frequent Indian firing, the forward areas in AJK close to this side of the Line of Control have been declared sensitive zone to maintain peace and tranquility during Muharram.

The declaration will help deal with any eventuality during the month, official sources said. Indication to this direction was given by Inspector General of Police Azad Malik Khuda Buksh while talking to newsmen at the complex of DIG Police Mirpur Range.

The AJK police chief added that additional police contingents would be deployed along Youm-e-Ashur processions and Majalis to be held in the areas on the LoC with prime focus to deal with any eventuality in case of unprovoked Indian firing.

He was flanked by DIG Police Mirpur Range Dr Khalid Mahmood, SSP Mirpur Raja Irfan Salim, SSP Kotli Ch Muhammad Amin and SSP Chinese Security Sheheryar Khan, SP Prosecution Muhammad Akmal, DSP Raja Azher Iqbal and other senior police from Mirpur division.

The IGP continued that four-pronged security plan had been devised to maintain peace during the month. Awan pointed out that on the recommendations and suggestions of the organisers of the Majaalis during Muharram, a total of 17 scholars had been allowed in Azad Jammu Kashmir so far to address the gatherings to be held in the holy month. He declared that any more speakers could be added subject to the approval of the concerned event and the approval of the SP of the district concerned after requisite inquiry about the repute and profile of the such speaker.

The IGP said that core management committees comprising deputy commissioners, SPs and the religious scholars were being formed to ensure complete harmony and brotherhood.

Under the determined SOP, all the Alam and Zuljinnah processions will pass through their traditional routes on Youm-e-Ashur, besides holding of the Majaalis at the Imambargahs and the places to be identified by the organisers of such events, the AJK police chief said.

Besides the police, the core committees or peace committees with the assistance of volunteers from AJK, civil defence, forest and social welfare departments would remain along the processions encircling them with ropes to maintain peace. Moreover, ambulances, Rescue 1122 and Civil Defence teams would also remain alert on the occasion.