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Strict security measures in place on Chehlum in Sindh: IG


KARACHI: Inspector General Police (IGP) Sindh Kaleem Imam on Saturday said that strict security measures have been put in place regarding the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A.).

The Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A.) will be observed tomorrow Sunday across the country including Sindh.

Speaking to journalists in Thatta, IG Sindh said police and other law enforcing agencies are on alert on account of the Chehlum to deter any unforeseen incident.

He advised policemen to remain vigilant and conduct strict surveillance and snap checking across the province including Karachi.

The IGP said Sindh police deserves credit for controlling increasing terrorism incidents in Karachi. The city which was named sixth most dangerous in the world has now been placed on number 17.

Replying to a query, IG Sindh said that Sindh government is taking steps to provide promotions and other facilities to the police.

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Earlier on Friday, Sindh government had banned pillion riding on motorcycles on October 20 (tomorrow), on account of Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A.).

Sindh Home department had slapped ban under section 144 to prevent any untoward incident during majalis and Azadari processions across the province.

However, women, children less than 12 years of age, senior citizens and media persons bearing official card as well as CNIC will be exempted from this order.

The main mourning procession of Chehlum in Karachi will be taken out from Nishtar Park, which will end at Hussainia Iranian Imambargah in Kharadar after marching its traditional route. The routes leading towards the procession would be sealed as a precautionary measure.

The Sindh government on Thursday had decided to summoned the army in the province to ensure foolproof security of Chehlum processions

The Sindh government has reportedly wrote a letter to federal interior ministry to deploy army personnel in all six districts of Sindh including Karachi. The army personnel will be deployed in Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur, Larkana and Shaheed Benazirabad divisions.

On Tuesday, the director general of Pakistan Rangers Sindh presided over the high-level meeting and reviewed the security plan for the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain.

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