City to witness 290 processions and 390 gatherings on Eid Milad

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An estimated number of 290 small and large sized processions would be taken out from different parts of Karachi on Rabi-ul-Awwal 12.

Officials sharing details with APP for the measures adopted to facilitate masses in general on the eve of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (Peace Be Upon Him) said permission had also been granted for no less than 390 congregations comprising milad sharif, mahafil-e-naat and lecture on one single day in the metropolis.

In reply to a question, they said in view of the existing situation in the country only those groups and organisation would be allowed to bring out procession or hold meeting which had been granted permission after adequate screening and proper check of their background.

“No, we definitely can not take any chance or risk,” he said, mentioning that measures were also being taken to sensitise people to cooperate with the administration and communicate any unusual or suspicious development in their vicinity.

IG orders close coordination between police, specialised units

Sindh Inspector General of Police Ghulam Haider Jamali has asked district police officials to ensure close coordination with specialised units of the department in order to streamline special security measures being adopted for “Eid Milad-un-Nabi”.

In his directives issued on Sunday, he said the drill must be immediately conducted to ascertain fool-proof security arrangements made for Rabi-ul-Awwal 12. “This is crucial for efficient execution of the plan as and when required,” said the Sindh police chief.

He said series of processions would be taken out by different organisations while milad sharif and mahafil-e-naat would also be arranged, therefore, it was extremely crucial to see that no lacunae was left in the arrangements made for security of the masses and the participants of the programmes across the province.

The IGP said as per the report prepared by the department regarding Rabi-ul-Awwal 12 arrangements, property agents along with all owners and occupants of houses and shops located on the routes of processions and sites of mahafil had been scrutinised and taken into confidence vis a vis security arrangements.

The police chief said this was extremely important, however, the police of the concerned areas must ensure strict vigil on all developments and activities coupled with regular patrolling. As to check the patrolling and deployment, he said central police office command and control centre must ensure uninterrupted contact with wireless control room.

“As per security plan sweeping, scanning and clearance of all important sites by bomb disposal squad must be ensured without any failure,” reiterated IG Ghulam Haider Jamali.

He also directed that coordination with different religious bodies and organisations who have secured required permission from the districts’ administration to bring out processions and hold meeting must also be ensured to avoid an confusion or chaos at any point of time.

As for security of central congregation and routes of processions, the police chief of Sindh said roof top deployment of competent personnel must be ensured and similar must be the approach in assigning cops to man watch towers.

“Advance technical sweeping and clearance must be necessarily ensured in general as well as by bomb disposal squad,” he reiterated.

“All mosques, imam bargahs, mausoleums and installations across the province must be necessarily provided absolute security cover, particularly during the current holy month of Rabi-ul-Awwal,” said the IG.