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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Tight security for Ashura in Balochistan

By: Bari Baloch | Published: December 04, 2011

QUETTA - Strict security arrangements have been made in different districts of Balochistan, including the provincial capital, for Ashura.

According to officials, about 5,500 personnel will be deployed around Majalis and procession routes on Muharram 10 while Rescue workers and volunteers will discharge their duties during 9th and 10th of Muharram.

“As many as 60 special posts have been established throughout the city to cover the religious procession,” a senior police official said, adding that about 200 Levis Force personnel had been deployed to assist the police in and around the provincial capital.

He went on all routes and streets would be sealed on 9th Muharram.

Sources said over 32 closed-circuit cameras had been installed in the city to monitor the situation. “Muharram procession will also be given aerial surveillance,” they added.

They said special checkposts would be set up in the sensitive areas, including Mariabad, Hazara Town and Aalmdar Road to avert any untoward incident.

Sources said the government had already imposed a ban on pillion-riding in the provincial capital besides warning of taking stern action against those found in wall-chalking and misuse of loudspeakers in the metropolis from 1st of the holy month.

Balochistan Home Secretary Naseebullah Bazai told a meeting that all hospitals of the city had been put on high alert and Edhi ambulances were also on standby position to cope with any emergency situation.

Emergency has been declared in the state-run hospitals, including Bolan Medical Complex Hospital and Civil Hospital of Quetta, while holidays of doctors have been cancelled.

Foolproof security arrangements have also been made in other towns of Balochistan, including Naseerabad, Sibi, Machh and Mastung and a large number of personnel of law enforcement agencies have been deployed to thwart any untoward incident.

THE NATION

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