LAHORE - In accordance with the directives of Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi, an extensive security plan has been put in place for Muharram-Al-Haram and the Day of Ashura mobilizing the entire administration and police force of the Punjab government. Chief Secretary Punjab, Zahid Akhtar Zaman, and IG Police, Dr. Usman Anwar, conducted a visit to inspect the main procession route in Rawalpindi. Provincial Minister Dr. Jamal Nasir and Additional Chief Secretary Interior, Shakeel Ahmed, were also present during the visit. The officials, accompanied by the peace committee, inspected the route of the main procession, including Imambargah Colonel Maqbool and Imam Bargah Qadimi, they also inspected the monitoring mechanism of the control room established in Municipal Corporation. Provincial Minister Jamal Nasir said that Chief Minister Punjab has entrusted the provincial ministers with the responsibility of overseeing the security arrangements. Emphasizing the importance of maintaining law and order during Muharram, the Chief Secretary assured that all possible measures have been taken, and the administration, police, and law enforcement agencies are working diligently day and night. He expressed satisfaction with the cleanliness and other arrangements made for the event. In case of rain, the Chief Secretary directed that the procession route should be kept clear to ensure smooth proceedings. Highlighting the significance of religious harmony, unity, and consensus, the Chief Secretary commended the role of peace committees in fostering an atmosphere of peace and brotherhood. Meanwhile, the IG Punjab assured that security will remain on high alert throughout the processions and gatherings. He said that Intelligence-based operations are being carried out to ensure fool-proof security, and the cooperation of scholars is being sought to maintain law and order.
On the Day of Ashura, a substantial force of 6,000 personnel in Rawalpindi and more than 100,000 personnel across the province will be deployed for security duties. The Divisional Commissioner, RPO, Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi, and other relevant officers also participated in the security assessment. Separately, Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi visited Punjab Safe City Authority today to review digital monitoring of the security plan of Youm-e-Ashura Muharram-ul-Haram. Surveillance of processions and Majalis of 9th and 10th Muharram-ul-Haram is being carried out through 8624 cameras 24/7. Mohsin Naqvi reviewed the monitoring arrangements of the processions of Muharram-ul-Haram through CCTV cameras and inspected the routes of processions on the Digital Wall and monitored the surveillance process for the foolproof security of processions through CCTV cameras. Mohsin Naqvi met with the police communication officers and with the staff members of other departments being deputed for monitoring and urged them to perform their duties with more hard work. MD Punjab Safe City Authority Kamran Khan while giving a briefing to the CM about the monitoring arrangements of the processions of 9th and 10th Muharram apprised that all necessary places have been covered with additional portable cameras. Police communication officers and technical teams are performing their duties 24 hours from the Safe City Operation and Monitoring Centre.