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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Security tightened in Quetta on Ashura

Sunday, November 25, 2012
From Print Edition

QUETTA: In a bid to thwart terror attack in Quetta, the provincial government has stiffened security with the deployment of about 8,000 personnel of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) in the city, sources said on Saturday.

“About 5,478 personnel of police and the Balochistan Constabulary have been deployed in the provincial capital besides 21 platoons of the Frontier Corps have also been called in for maintaining peace during Muharram,” sources in the Home Department told APP.

They said three battalions of 61 Brigade of the Pakistan Army will remain standby to assist the civil administration. They added that ban has also been imposed on motorbikes and carrying arms across the province.

They said three control rooms each at the offices of the CCPO Quetta, the commissioner and the deputy commissioner have been set up, linking them with 32 security cameras installed on the routes of the processions. “The CCTV cameras will also monitor all entry and exit points of the provincial capital,” they maintained. The deployment has also been made on the routes of the processions and around Imambargahs.

The roads leading to the routes of Ashura processions have already been blocked by placing containers. Meanwhile, helicopters of the Pakistan Army were also seen hovering over to provide aerial surveillance of the processions.

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