Peshawar police demand suspension of mobile service on Muharram 9, 10 – Pakistan

A policeman keeps an imambargah on Circular Road, Peshawar, Tuesday. – White star

PESHAWAR / DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Peshawar police have asked the Interior Ministry to suspend mobile phone service in the provincial capital for Muharram 9 and 10.

A letter from the municipal police regarding the jamming of mobile services indicated that affected neighborhoods could be approached for the jamming of mobile services in the provincial capital.

Although a police official has confirmed handling of the issue with the Home Office, police have been quiet about whether the suspension of mobile phone service would be targeted or cover the entire city. .

Sources also said Dawn that the deployment of the Pakistani army to several towns in the province, including the provincial capital, for the safety of Muharram had been completed after the approval of the federal government.

Army deployment to several towns for Muharram’s safety completed

A letter from the Interior Ministry said troops were deployed under article 245 of the Constitution during Muharram 2021 to assist the civilian power in light of a request from the provincial government.

The breakdown of the troop deployment showed that six companies had been deployed in the Kurram tribal district, four in Kohat, two in Lakki Marwat, two in Bannu and 12 in Dera Ismail Khan.

In addition, four army companies were deployed to the provincial capital, two to Nowshera district and one each to Tank and Mardan districts.

The letter said additional military troops with the date of deployment could also be determined by the Home Office and military authorities if the need arises.

Meanwhile, the Peshawar deputy commissioner also imposed Section 144 in the provincial capital from Muharram 1 to Muharram 13.

A notification issued here stated that under powers conferred under Article 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Deputy Commissioner of Peshawar had banned the writing and distribution of objectionable brochures and posters, chalk on them. walls of mosques and imambargahs, and constituencies.

In addition, a ban was imposed on the carrying and display of weapons, the entry of Afghan refugees into the city, hate speech, tapes and compact discs containing hate speech, the exploitation of hotels and hostels within the city division boundaries, the dumping of debris and other types of waste along the processional routes and imambargahs and stay of foreigners in hotels and hostels located along the routes procession.

The restrictions will remain in place from Muharram 1 to Muharram 13.

Also during the day, a meeting chaired by SSP (operations) Yasir Afridi discussed security arrangements for Muharram.

Mr. Afridi called on police officials to take all possible measures to ensure peace during the period and ordered an increase in patrolling in the town and close police coordination with former locals.

He also asked them to scan the routes of the processions for security reasons.

In a statement released here, the city’s traffic police said about Muharram that they fined more than 600 people for violating Section 144.

They said fines were imposed for using tinted windows and driving passengers despite the imposition of Section 144, while hundreds of bikes were impounded for violating the ban on driving vehicles. passengers.

Earlier, the city police had announced the deployment of around 10,000 people to the provincial capital to ensure peace during Muharram.

Meanwhile, Dera Ismail Khan police released a safety plan for Muharram as the district administration imposed Section 144 prohibiting passengers from traveling from Muharram 1 to Muharram 8 and from riding motorcycles on Muharram 9 and 10.

Under the supervision of retired Captain Najamul Hasnain Liaquat, a district police officer, a security plan was drawn up for Muharram rallies and mourning processions in the district.

In addition, the police will crack down on vehicles with tinted windows and violators of such orders under Section 144.

Police spokesman Mohammad Imtiaz said the number of registered and unregistered imambargahs in the district was 69.

He said 642 majalis would be organized and 194 processions would be organized on the planned routes during Muharram.

The spokesperson said 7,540 officials from the police, border reserve police, elite police, special branch, demining squad, canine unit, control unit and reserve personnel would also perform security duties during Muharram.

Posted in Dawn, le 11 August 2021

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