Security beefed up for Chehlum, 8000 personnel to guard processions in KarachiDecember 23, 2013
Karachi: Law enforcing authorities of the province have beefed up security for Chehlum processions on December 24, after intelligence authorities warned them of possible law and order problems.
Fourteen mourning processions scheduled in Karachi have been declared highly sensitive along with 150 sensitive processions.
Additional Chief Secretary Home, Mumtaz Ali Shah told PPI that more than 8000 security personnel including policemen, police commandos, women police and Rangers would be deployed for the security of processions in Karachi.
Moreover, military troops will also be deployed at sensitive positions in order to avoid any untoward incident. The decision was taken by the concerned authorities on a request from provincial government.
Karachi police chief, AIG Shahid Hayat Khan, held a meeting at his office to discuss the security plan for Chehlum and directed the officials to take extra security steps.
A temporary control room and police emergency centers were also set up in order to keep an eye on any suspicious activity in the city.
Additionally, cops would be deployed on rooftops of 150 buildings on the routes of Chehlum processions while surveillance cameras would also be used
The Sindh home department had placed a ban on pillion riding in the province for 24-hours. It would came into from 12 midnight on December 24. The government also imposed ban on carrying weapons for 10 days.
Moreover, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has also directed officials to restrict mobile signals in the country including Sindh.
Mobile phones signals will remain shut in province on December 24 from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Meanwhile, the mobile services will remain suspended from 8:00 am on December 24 till 3:00 pm on December 25 in district Khairpur.