PESHAWAR – In order to foil any untoward incident during Muharram-ul-Haram, Peshawar police have been put red alert and the security has been tightened at both outer and inner check posts of the city, while the entry of common citizens in Qissa Khwani and Khyber Bazaars has been banned.

Heavy contingent of police and Frontier Constabulary has been deployed in the city to guard the Imamabargah and government installations. Sources said that around 5,000 personnel of FC and police have been deputed in Peshawar. The security forces from other safe places and rural parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have also been called in to the city to carry out their duty in Peshawar.

Section 144 also has been imposed in the city and pillion ridding has been strictly banned in the jurisdiction of Peshawar city.

Likewise on 9th and 10th of Muharram processions would be supervised through aerial patrolling of helicopters. All the entry routs of Peshawar city will be closed and only specific persons through security pass would be allowed to enter the city and cantonment area.

All routes leading to the Imambargahs, located in the congested populations of Peshawar City, would be barred for the commoners. While in Cant area, police will place barricades and barbered wires on the busy Saddar road for blocking the road for all kinds of vehicular traffic and pedestrians when sermon starts in the sole Imambargah ‘Hussinia’, located on the Saddar Road.

In order to maintain peace during Muharram-ul-Haram, a comprehensive security plan has been chalked out by taking extraordinary security measures to protect all the Imam Bargahs of the entire city.   

Besides, police would be assisted by Pak Army, Frontier Corps (FC) and Frontier Constabulary, while heavy machine guns have already been installed on the top of various buildings, so that to have a tight vigil to avert any untoward incident.

Moreover, more security personnel have been deputed in and around routs, police sources said that from four sides, a total of 37 security check posts have been established to cover ways leading towards Fata.

Procession would be protected by police and FC, while more personnel would be deputed at Imam Bargah and Mosques. On 9th and 10th Muharram, jamers would be activated, mobile service would be suspended, and the area would be searched out to avert terror bids.

Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Home and Tribal Affairs Department has asked the provincial police chief to hand over the Buddha statue, seized by the Swabi Police Station two months ago, to the Archaeology Department.

In a communiqué on Thursday, the home department said that Chota-Lahore Police Station in district Swabi has seized an ancient sculpture of Buddha cultivation under the FIR No 1249 on September 25 this year. “The SHO of the said police station has refused to hand over the seized object to the In charge of Hund Museum at Swabi and said that matter would be decided in the court,” it was added.

The home department further said that Archaeology and Museums department has also asked the SHO to give the statue in its custody but to no avail. It was also learnt that under the Antiquities Act, 1997 Section36 any seized and discovered relics, artefacts, and statues should be handed over to the Directorate Archaeology and Museums for preservation.