LAHORE - Senior Advisor to Chief Minister, Senator Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, has said that all processions of Chehlum Imam Hussain (RA) are important and sensitive in nature; therefore, best possible security should be provided to them without distinction of category to avert any unpleasant incident.

Presiding over a high level meeting held here to review security arrangements for Chehlum Imran Hussain (RA), Khosa said no laxity in security arrangements would be tolerated at any cost and all concerning departments should coordinate completely so that the provision of foolproof security to all processions of Chehlum Imam Hussain (RA) could be made possible.

Punjab Auqaf Minister Haji Ehsanuddin Qureshi, Education Minister Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, MNA Mian Marghoob Ahmed, Secretary Auqaf, IG Punjab, Commissioner Lahore Division, Additional Home Secretary, Additional Secretary Information, Additional IG Special Branch and DCO Lahore were also present in the meeting.

Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa ordered the concerning authorities to provide yellow lights to processions in case of fog. He also ordered that load-shedding should not be carried out for processions and majalis. He ordered the Home Secretary to immediately get detailed reports of security arrangements from all DCOs, RPOs and DPOs.

The meeting also discussed various proposals for the suspension of mobile phone service during processions of Chehlum Imam Hussain. Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa said DCOs will decide on the ban on the pillion riding according to the requirements of their districts. He also ordered the concerning authorities to take immediate action against the persons who were booked for violating code of conduct during Muharram.

He said that these are additional arrangements for Muharram processions, and security and administrative measures implemented during Muharram will remain in place on Chehlum Imam Hussain (RA).

The meeting was told that 271 processions will be taken out and 297 Majalis will be held on Chehlum Imam Hussain (RA). The Commissioner of Lahore Division told the meeting that since BRT Project is in the final stages of its completion therefore, there will be no debris on routes of processions of Chehlum Imam Hussain (RA). The meeting was further told that a four layer security will be provided to all processions of Chehlum Imam Hussain (RA) like processions of Muharram.