Two divisional level meetings of the district administrations and police were held here and the participants offered prayers for the success of Muharram arrangements.

Addressing the participants of a Divisional Peace Committee meeting held at Circuit House, Divisional Commissioner Nasim Nawaz stressed a need for promoting religious harmony to maintain peace during the month. He lauded the valuable role of Ulema for maintaining peace and urged them to forge unity among their ranks and sentiments of love and fraternity should be promoted, he said that it was dire need of the hour to foil nefarious designs of the anti Pakistan elements. He said that solid and foolproof security arrangements were being made for the month in the four districts of the division.

However, he said, the cooperation of Ulema was imperative to make the entire arrangements a success.  On the positive proposals and suggestions of the participants, the commissioner said that the administration of the four districts had been directed for the cleanliness of Muharram procession routs, arrangements of lighting and repair of roads.

He asked the district administrations to keep close liaison with the members of the peace committees and coordinated efforts be made for redressing any issue reported. He said that stringent security arrangement would be implemented for peaceful observance of Muharramul Haram. 

On the occasion, RPO Ehsan Tufail, DCO Noorul Amin Mengal, CPO Dr Suhail Tajak, DCO Chiniot Dr Irshad Ahmad and other officers. The RPO appreciated the cooperation of religious clerics, and said that they had been playing remarkable role for maintaining religious harmony, love and brotherhood.

He said that elaborated security arrangements had been made for the month which could only be made successful with the cooperation of Ulema and civil society. The participants pointed out some issues and stressed early removal of objectionable wall chalking, banners and checking of illegal use of loudspeakers. They said that the people residing in rented house be checked besides keeping a vigilant eye on suspects staying at hotels.

Separately, Gujranwala Division Commissioner Shumail Ahmed Khawaja said that Punjab government had taken proactive steps to save the lives and properties and for establishment of peace in the province. In a bid to promote interfaith harmony and avoid any untoward incident, fool proof security arrangements have been finalised, he said addressing the meeting held at his office.

The commissioner said that suggestions from parliamentarians would be given importance for making security plans in all the districts. RPO Syed Dillawar Abbas told the meeting that all necessary arrangements for stability of peaceful atmosphere have been completed by their department and all possible security would be given to the Muharram processions. Members of national and provincial assemblies also expressed their views in the meeting. They said, “Islam teach us love, peace, tolerance and brotherhood. Let us join hands to promote the culture of tolerance and respect for each other’s faith in Pakistan.”