CCPO inspects processions’ routes, reviews security for Muharram

City police chief emphasises promotion of love and harmony among people

LAHORE - Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Ghulam Mahmood Dogar Monday visited various Imam-bargahs and routes of mourning processions in the city including 145-A Model Town, Jamiatul Muntazir Model Town, and Pando Street Islampura.

The CCPO reviewed the security arrangements for majalis and Imambargahs in Muharramul Haram. Senior police officers including DIG Operations Sajid Kiani, SPs, DSPs, and SHOs concerned ac-companied him.

The CCPO also called on the organisers of Imam-bargahs, license holders of majalis, members of divi-sional and executive peace committee, and religious leaders of different schools of thought. He discussed with them security arrangements and the solvable issues.

The CCPO said that round the clock monitoring of social media pages would be ensured through Spe-cial Monitoring Cells in Muharramul Haram. He added that police along with CTD and FIA would take strict action against uploading of controversial content, blasphemous videos, etc. He stressed upon the need for creating religious harmony and brother-hood among the people of different religious groups to ensure maintenance of peace and solidarity in the city.

“In the wake of changing situation at northwestern borders, our enemy can try to shatter the peace of our country and damage our national interest,” said the CCPO. “It is need of the hour to foil nefarious designs of anti-state elements that are hell-bent on disturbing peace of the country,” he added.

The officer pointed out that love and fraternity should be promoted among various sects, setting aside the differences. He issued directions for the foolproof security arrangements of majalis and pro-cessions and said that around 15,000 policemen along with the personnel of Dolphin Squad, Police Response Unit, Anti-Riot Force, Elite Force and Ab-abeel Squad.

CCPO Ghulam Mahmood Dogar said that imple-mentation of government directions regarding coro-navirus preventive measures should be ensured in collaboration with the management of Imambargahs, majalis and peace committees.

The officer also requested the organisers of majalis and mourning processions to convince the partici-pants for Covid-19 vaccination. He said that bunkers would be constructed at the rooftops of Imam-bargahs, adding that walkthrough gates and CCTV cameras would also be installed for monitoring of suspects. “The participants of majalis and mourning proces-sions will be checked thoroughly before entry,” he said and added that lady police officers would be deployed for checking female participants.

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