64,414 cops, 7,408 Rangers deployed for Ashura security

KARACHI: The Rangers and police have made heavy deployment of force to provide foolproof security to processions to be taken-out today (10th Moharram) all over Sindh. Since there are over 216 most sensitive areas, therefore deployment of 64,414 policemen and 7,408 Rangers personnel has been finalized.

This was disclosed in a high level law & order meeting held here under the chairmanship of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah to review final security arrangements for 10 Muharramul Haram procession at the CM House Friday.

Those who attended the meeting, include Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal, Chief Secretary Siddique Memon, DG Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar, IG Sindh Ghulam Hyder Jamali, Principal Secretary to CM Alamuddin Bullo, Home Secretary Mohammad Waseem, Adl IG Karachi Mushtaque Mahar, Adl IG CTD Sanaullah Abbasi, Adl IG Special Branch Sultan Khwaja, provincial heads of intelligence agencies and others.

The chief minister said “after the two incidents of Balochistan, we have to be more alert. All the agencies, including Police, Rangers and intelligence have to make coordinated efforts to provide foolproof security to the processions of Muharram-ul-Haram,” he said and added that this was why he was reviewing final arrangements today.

Director General Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar briefing the meeting said that keeping in view history, size and intelligence reports, he had identified 79 vulnerable points in the city where 4,663 Rangers personnel have been deployed.

He further said that in Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Sukkur and Khairpur 104 vulnerable points have been identified. “We have deployed 1,518 Rangers force in Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas divisions and 1,227 in Northern areas of the province,” he said and added that the sector and wing commanders would personally lead the forces.

The DG Rangers also said that he had intensified operation against the terrorists in which most important arrests have been made. “Since investigation process was in progress; therefore, their details would be shared in the next law & order meeting,” he said.

IG police Ghulam Hyder Jamali said that he alongwith DG Rangers in support of intelligence agencies had prepared the security plan for holy month of Moharram. “The police through its own network has identified 216 matmi and tazia processions as most sensitive where heavy police force have been deployed. “Under the plan there would a three layer security around the processions. These security layers to have well-equipped, intelligent and alert force of police and Ranger. Apart from it there would also be a heavy force of intelligence organizations of police and secret agencies in plain clothes,” he said and added “Inshallah 10 Moharram processions would pass peacefully.”

The chief minister expressed satisfaction on the close coordination between various secret and law enforcement agencies for the peace and security. “You are our eyes, ears and arms. I have always supported you and strengthened you,” he said proudly and added “You have also reciprocated by using your maximum capacity for restoring peace in the city. Today everyone living here reaps the fruit of your efforts and sacrifices,” he said.

IGP said that 27,942 policemen have been deployed in the city, 6,294 in Hyderabad division, 2276 in Mirpurkhas, 7,623 in Shaheed Benazirabad division, 9,488 in Sukkur and 10,791 in Larkana Division.

“Our command and control centre, our different modes of surveillance, including mobile camera vans would be of great help to keep an eagle eye on the movement of each and every individual roaming around the processions.

Additional IG CTD Dr Sanaullah Abbasi also briefed the chief minister about the raids his department had conducted during the last few days and taken some important terrorists into custody. “Investigation is in progress and once it is finalised it would be shared with you {the chief minister},” he said.

Home Secretary Mohammad Waseem said that he had requested the federal government to suspend mobile service for three days, 8,9 and 10 Moharram but they have approved the suspension of the service only for 10 Moharram.

The chief minister, on the advice of the intelligence agencies, directed the chief secretary Siddique Memon to talk to the federal government and get the mobile service off on 9th Moharram (today) also which he did just after the meeting and the mobile service was suspended.