ISLAMABAD,QUETTA, KARACHI – The cellular services are likely to be suspended in various cities, with the government taking strict measures to ensure security for the Chehlum of Imam Hussain (R.A) which will be observed on Tuesday.
In Rawalpindi, where violence on Ashura left 11 people dead and over 50 injured last month, a security plan have been finalized.
The government has imposed a ban on pillion ridding, use of loudspeaker and exhibition of arms in the city.
Besides thousands of police personnel, army and paramilitary Rangers have also been deployed in the city, with entry and exit point of riot-hit Raja Bazar sealed for security purpose. Containers have been install at the entry points of Raja Bazar. Due to installing containers and protest of one religious party at the Liaquat Bagh the people faced severe problems for passing from the Murree road.
Processions will be taken out and majalis will be held in Rawalpindi, Islamabad and every nook and corner of the country to mark the 40th day to the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (R.A).
In Quetta, over 5000 personnel of police, Rangers and Frontier Constabulary (FC) have been deployed to provide security to Chehlum processions, with army put on high alert.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday ordered foolproof security on the occasion of the Chehlum while chairing a high level meeting in Islamabad.
The Minister said intelligence agencies and civil armed forces are providing full support to the provinces. He also directed for aerial surveillance of sensitive areas, asserting that “violence will be dealt with an iron hand.”
The Sindh government has announced to impose a ban on pillion riding on December 23 and 24 in six major cities, including Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Khairpur, on the occasion of Chehlum.