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Mobile phones to fall silent on Muharram 9, 10

  • CTO Bin Ashraf says traffic to be diverted on 48 different routes in Rawalpindi

ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI: The administration has decided to suspend cellular phone services in all major areas of the federal capital from morning to late night for two days as a security measure for Muharram processions.

A notification issued here by a district magistrate stated that the mobile phone services would be partially shut down from morning to night in different parts of the capital.

In order to provide foolproof security to the mourning processions, the City Traffic Police (CTP) has finalised all the arrangements while 901 traffic wardens including 671 warden officers, 60 inspectors, seven DSPs and 163 traffic assistants to perform special duties on 9th and 10th of Muharram.

According to City Traffic Officer (CTO) Muhammad Bin Ashraf, the traffic would be diverted on 48 different routes of the city on Ashura. Enhanced number of the traffic wardens under the supervision of inspectors and DSPs of the city traffic police would be deployed on the city roads.

As part of the security measures, entry of vehicular traffic from the Committee Chowk to the Iqbal Road would strictly be banned on Ashura. No vehicle will be allowed on DAV College Road and the Iqbal Road. The public transport for the City Saddar Road will be diverted to Mohanpura Road and traffic from Novelty Cinema will reach Pirwadhai through Kashmiri Bazaar.

Traffic coming from Gunjmandi will be diverted to TB Hospital, Pirwadhai and Dhoke Dalal. All sector incharges, DSPs of city traffic police will ensure implementation of the traffic diversion plan. There will be complete ban on parking of any vehicle, motorcycle or handcarts on the route of the procession.

The CTO said that the emergency squads have also been appointed to maintain the traffic flow. He directed the officials to ensure parking at the distance of 200 meters from the route of the processions. The traffic load on city roads would be provided alternate routes during Ashura processions, he added.

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