Pakistan: High alert at Shi’ite mosques, Imambargahs ordered
Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Sindh Province of Pakistan, Shahed Nadeem Baloch on Saturday ordered officials to ensure high and professional level alertness at all mosques and Imambargahs (Hussayniyahs) during prayers time as well as when mourning for Imam Husain (AS) may be held there.
He also directed them to beef-up security arrangements during religious meetings followed by rallies and processions through foolproof intelligence sharing. His orders also stressed the need to improve police picketing and snap-checking, patrolling through coordinated and disciplined efforts on part of the police department.
Consequent to incidence of firing upon a Shi’ite religious place in Gujranwala ShahedBaloch said absolute professional competency was required by the police department to avert such unfortunate instances in the province.
He directed the officials to ensure presence of plain-clothed cops along with uniformed men at all sensitive sites and to also ensure strict vigil on all suspicious activities that may also include presence of abandoned vehicles, unidentified parcels and so forth.
The police chief has also appealed to the citizens to immediately contact the department via emergency number 15 about abandoned vehicles, parcels or any other activity or situation of queer nature.
Muharram procession will be taken out from Nishtar Park on November 8th, 9th and 10th and culminate at the Iranian Hussainiya Kharadar. Attaching stickers on vehicles participating in the mourning procession will be mandatory.
Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) has advised the owners of vehicles wanting to participate in processions to get stickers for their vehicles.
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