LAHORE           -          Chief Minister of Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan chaired a high level meeting held in Quetta and reviewed matters pertaining to coronavirus situation and opening of educational institutions in the province.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister constituted a committee comprised provincial secretaries of Health, Education, Information Technology departments and Chief Minister Delivery Unit to form a comprehensive guideline for making SOPs for educational institutions. The committee will submit its recommendations within four days. The meeting agreed for preparation of a comprehensive mechanism for opening educational institutions under which the teachers and students could be prevented from COVID-19.

9th Muharram procession ends  peacefully

The mourning processions of 9th Muharram-ul Haram were taken out from Imambargah Nasirul-Aza and Imamgargah Kalan amid tight security here Saturday afternoon. The mourning procession passed different routs including Art School Road, Archer Road, Liaqat Bazaar, and Prince Road, and terminated peacefully at the same Imambragahs with scheduled time.

The speakers on the occasion urged the people to follow in the footsteps of the martyrs of Karbala and prepare themselves to face the new challenges created due to conspiracies against Muslims.  Tight security arrangements were made to ensure the protection of the people, however, the procession has been monitored by helicopters. All the link roads and streets were closed and the people were allowed to join the procession with standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure implementation of SOPs for the elimination of COVID-19. 

However, on special directives of the provincial government, mobile services have been suspended from early morning 9 am till 8 pm in view of security measures during the seventh procession of Muharram-ul Haram.

Additional Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Abdul Razzaq Cheema said in press conference that at least 68 check posts were also set up at various places including sensitive areas and over 50 CCTV cameras had been installed at different places for monitoring of the procession of Muharramul Haram. 

He said 7000 security forces including Levies Force, police and Frontie6 Corps (FC) personnel were assigned to ensure protection of the procession in Quetta.

Shia community and scholars appreciated the officials of security forces including police and Frontier Corps (FC) on batter arrangements during Muharramul Haram and its mourning procession.