Home Secretary-Muharram briefing

QUETTA: There are most apprehensions of terrorism in Quetta and other areas this year. Five districts of Balochistan including Quetta have been declared most sensitive during Muharram. Security programme has been finalise din 15 districts and all security institutions have been put on high alert for maintaining law and order from Muharram one to ten and orders have also been issued for monitoring. Army has also been put on high alert to impose curfew in any unpleasant situation in sensitive areas of the province.

These views were express by Provincial Secretary Home Asad Gilani, Commissioner Quetta Division Osman Gul and Regional Police Officer Arif Nawaz at a briefing here Wednesday.

Home Secretary said Quetta, Mach, Khuzdar, Jaffarabad and Nasirabad have been declared as most sensitive.

He said provincial government has finalized security programme in 15 districts for Muharram. He aid there will be 70 majalis each day and overall 726 majalis will be held for which deployment of police and FC has been made. He said there are more chances of terrorism this year than in the past. He aid 150 Levies men would do duty at the mountains and seventh and tenth Muharram processions would be monitored aerially.

He said in view of disturbing law and order situation entry of 69 Ulema has been banned in Balochistan including Quetta.

He said nearly 4500 police men and officers would be deployed for the security of 7th Muharram procession.

He said two battalions of Pakistan Army would remain stand by at Baldia Plaza, Geological Survey and BMC during Muharram.

He said all the shops, hotels, markets and residential houses have been surveyed along the procession route. In the presence of Shia people and Anjuman

Tajiran shops, hotels, markets and plazas would be completely sealed.