MUZAFFARGARH/BAHAWALPUR/KASUR-The administrations of various districts have chalked out comprehensive plan for maintenance of peace and intersect harmony during the forthcoming holy month of Muharram.

According to DG Khan Commissioner Muhammad Yasrab, the administration, in collaboration with police and religious scholars, will strictly implement the security plan to avoid any untoward incident. Chairing a meeting held to fine-tune arrangements for Muharram, he said that peaceful atmosphere is a pre-requisite for socio-economic development and the administration is committed to maintaining peace across the division. He also stressed the need for keeping a vigil on the movement of suspects so that no one could dare jeopardise the peaceful atmosphere.

He directed the Muzaffargarh district administration to cooperate with the notables and religious scholars for effective implementation of the peace plan. The religious leaders also addressed the meeting and assured the commissioner of support for maintenance of peace.

DIG Rehmatullah Khan Niazi, MPA Hamid Nawaz Tipu, MPA Ahmed Yar Hinjra, MPA Alamdar Hussain Qureshi and all the heads of government departments attended the meeting.

In Bahawalpur, the divisional administration has urged the religious leaders, opinion makers and other stakeholders to play a constructive role to ensure peace and tranquillity by promoting harmony during the holy month of Muharram.

Bahawalpur Commissioner Saqab Zafar directed all the DCOs and DPOs to meet Ulema belonging to different schools of thoughts and seek their assistance for the elimination of sectarian differences to ensure peace in Muharram. He was chairing a meeting held to review security arrangements being made for Ashura processions during Muharramul Haram in Bahawalpur division.

On the occasion, Bahawalpur Acting RPO Gohar Mushtaq Bhutta informed the participants that a total of 9,500 policemen will be deployed to guard 1,410 Majalis and 516 mourning processions across the division. “The policemen have also been directed to enhance liaison with Ulema to persuade them for preaching unity in the society.

MNA Sabiha Nazeer urged all the stakeholders including Ulema and civil society members to play a role with missionary zeal and teach the public lesson of tolerance.

Later, all the DPOs and DCOs briefed the commissioner about the steps taken to maintain peace and tranquillity during Muharram.

In Kasur, a meeting was held in Kasur to review security arrangements being made to maintain law and order across the district. On the occasion, DCO Ammara Khan assured the participants of utilising all available resources for peace in Muharram. “Ulema, belonging to different schools of thoughts, are being called on and urged to promote tolerance and brotherhood,” she said, adding that all the mourning processions and Ashura Majalis will be monitored through CCTV cameras and for the purpose; a central control room will be established at DCO complex. The DCO also threw light on the pace of ongoing development projects in the district.