RAWALPINDI: Prominent figures including politicians, bureaucrats and ulama on the list of targeted terrorist elements have been alerted and urged to exercise extra caution during Muharram.
Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Inam Ghani has assigned an additional 300 police officers, including 140 members of the Punjab Police, to help the Rawalpindi District Police keep the peace in Muharram.
In addition, Elite Task Force (SEG) teams have been made available to Regional Police Officers (RPOs) to be used when needed.
In accordance with the directive issued by the IGP to prepare an emergency plan and taking into account the perception of the threat, all prominent personalities who appeared on the list of targets were alerted and urged to exercise caution. during the month.
IGP allocates 300 additional officials to Pindi police for Muharram; TNFJ announces Azadari 16 point code
In addition, the security around certain VIPs facing specific threats has been reinforced.
Police have been ordered to ensure strict surveillance of all activities of those listed in the Fourth Schedule of the 1997 Anti-Terrorism Law and to arrest proclaimed sectarians and legal evaders.
Raids will be carried out on the probable hiding places of the delinquents proclaimed sectarian and measures will be taken against those who harbor them.
Police have also been ordered to take action against authors, printers and publishers of objectionable literature.
A ban on displaying, brandishing and carrying arms would be ensured, and action would be taken against chalking walls and erecting doors with reprehensible slogans.
To further strengthen security, the police were tasked with verifying the deployed volunteers, Razakars and private security guards of the special branch.
In addition, well-trained police officers will be deployed on the rooftops of buildings along parade routes while volunteers and private security officers will be trained in weapon handling, physical searches and how to respond in response. emergency cases at the headquarters of the police lines.
According to the directive, appropriate arrangements of spotlights in and around places of worship would be made and majalis in open areas may be discouraged. The police were tasked with preparing an emergency plan, taking into account the history of clashes between rival sects.
Senior police officials held meetings with organizers of majalis and imambargahs to ensure peace during Muharram.
Police were also ordered to classify vulnerable points into A, B and C with the help of the special branch and intelligence agencies.
On the other hand, leaves and transfers / assignments of police officers have been prohibited to ensure the availability of staff for foolproof security.
TNFJ 16 Point Code of Conduct
Tehreek Nifaz Fiqh-i-Jafariya (TNFJ) leader Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi announced a 16-point Azadari code for Muharram.
Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad, Agha Moosavi urged the government to make Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) more practical.
Explaining the first three points of the Azadari code, Agha Moosavi demanded that the government respect the agreement of May 21, 1985 concerning the exit of the Azadari processions. Punctuality and discipline should be observed in Azadari rites and processions and effective arrangements should be made for lighting and cleanliness at the places of Majalis-i-Aza and on the processional routes.
Control rooms should be set up at the Interior Ministry, in the federal capital, provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, which should operate until 8 Rabiul Awwal.
Sensitive towns should be handed over to the army and effective security measures taken upstream during processions.
Agha Moosavi said the anti-terrorism law and the national action plan should be implemented in accordance with its spirit, adding that a strict crackdown should be carried out against officially banned terrorist groups, their facilitators, and that no concessions should be made. would be granted to them.
District police officials on Sunday met with members of the district peace committee, religious leaders and imambargah administrators to review SOPs for majalis and Muharram processions.
The meeting, held at the district police lines, was chaired by District Police Officer Rana Shoaib Mehmood, agency officials, academics, dignitaries and leaders of all schools of thought in plus members of the peace committee.
Speaking on the occasion, DPO Mehmood said that only authorized and traditional processions would be allowed in the district, adding that a comprehensive security plan should be formulated in this regard and its effective implementation should be ensured.
Police were tasked with maintaining close liaison with the peace committee and organizers of majalis and processions who shared advice and suggestions, which were noted for their compliance. The DPD ordered the issuance of special cards to police officers responsible for security.
Later, a meeting of administrators of imambargahs and organizers of majalis and processions was also held in Hassanabdal. It was jointly headed by DPD Mehmood and Deputy Commissioner Zunaira Jalil. Organizers have been instructed to ensure people wear masks and maintain distance.
– Additional reporting by Amjad Iqbal
Posted in Dawn, August 9, 2021