Lahore/Karachi (Staff Report/Agencies): Lahore police have finalised foolproof security arrangements for the main procession route of Muharram 9 and 10.
Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) LiaqatAli Malik told the media that 2 SPs, 6 DSPs, 72 inspectors along with women traffic wardens and 1,351 wardens would perform their duties along the route of the main procession.
All office staff would also be deputed on roads to facilitate the general public and no vehicle would be allowed to enter from any arteries on the procession route. Traffic would be diverted to alternative routes from different points.
In Sindh, as many as 69,545 police personnel will perform security duties across the province including 17,558 in Karachi, 16,816 in Hyderabad, 2,237 in Mirpurkhas, 9,280 in Shaheed Benazirabad, 8,258 in Sukkar and 15,404 in Larkana, reads a contingency plan prepared by AIG Operations Sindh for Muharram.
The provincial government has announced a ban on pillion riding across Sindh, including Karachi, on the 8th, 9th and 10th Muharram.
There will be a ban on pillion riding from the night of the 8th of Muharram until Ashura in order to maintain law and order and avoid any untoward incident.
The Sindh government has also requested the ministry to block the mobile phone services along the procession routes on Muharram 9 and 10.