KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday said that security arrangements for Eid Milad-u-Nabi (PBUH) procession have been made in consultation with the Ulema, who have always strengthened the hands of the government in promoting inter-faith and sectarian harmony in the province.
This he said while presiding over a meeting of religious scholars of different schools of thought at New Sindh Secretariat.
The meeting was attended by provincial ministers including Nasir Hussian Shah, Saeed Ghani, Faraz Dero and Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Sindh IG Kaleem Imam, Home Secretary Kazi Kabir, Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Shahalwani, Zakat & Religious Affairs Secretary Dr Nawaz Shaikh and others.
The Ulema who attended the meeting include Haji Haneef Tayab, Maulana Jameel Ahmed Naeemi, Maulana Akbar Dars, Allama Abbas Kumeli, Allama Shabir Hassan, Allama Razi Hassani Naqshabandi and others.
The chief minister said that the administration and the police have already held a number of meetings with the Ulema to develop a code of conduct and work out security plan with mutual understanding.
All of you have agreed on security issues and I would request you to direct your volunteers to cooperate with the police for the maintenance of the law and order and implementation of the code of conduct, he said to the Ulema.
He said that there are two old routes for the processions of Eid Milad-u-Nabi (PBUH), the one starting from Tower and terminating at Aram Bagh and the other from Memon Masjid to Numaish.
The administration has received more applications for processions and the administration has been directed to entertain them on merit, he said.
The Ulema told the chief minister that there are some issues of repair of roads, drainage system and streetlights. On this, the chief minister said that he has already issued directives to Minister Local Government Saeed Ghani for repair of roads, provision of water and repair of the drainage system, particularly in the areas from where procession would march.
“I have also directed K-Electric to ensure smooth power supply on the 12th Rabi-ul-Awal,” he concluded.