KARACHI: Over 20,000 policemen and 8000 Rangers personnel will be deployed in the city to provide security on the eve of Eid Miladun Nabi (PBUH).
More than 290 processions will be taken out from three zones of the city while over 390 congregations will be held in several parts of the city. Strict security measures were taken in order to ensure security for different events
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh, Shahid Nadeem Baloch, said that specialized security units of police along with district and zonal policemen would also be deployed in the city to ensure peace on this occasion.
A total of 16,500 personnel would be deployed for the processions. They include deployment of 5,935 policemen in West Zone; 8,875 in East Zone and 1625 in South Zone.
Moreover, 5,000 extra policemen deployment would be made for the central procession of 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal and congregation at Nishtar Park. The central procession will pass through MA Jinnah Road.
Police have blocked roads leading to MA Jinnah Road with containers and buses. Policemen would also be deployed at the rooftops of the buildings, while surveillance cameras would also be installed at the central procession route.
No vehicles would be allowed to enter the route of central procession; however, vehicles having security pass would be allowed to enter. Children and women would not be allowed to enter the central procession.
The Station House Officers (SHOs) of the areas concerned have been directed to carry out non-stop patrolling in these areas, check force deployment and remain in contact with central police office command and control centre through wireless system so that any action could be taken in case of any suspicious activity and untoward incident.
The Bomb Disposal Squad has also been directed to conduct sweeping and scanning of the procession routes in order to avoid any untoward incident.
The IGP Sindh said that the ban on pillion riding and carrying licensed arms would remain enforced during the processions and no one would be allowed to violate it.
According to Rangers Spokesman, Major Sibtain, around 8000 Rangers personnel will be deployed in and around the central procession at Nishtar Park and its surrounding routes.
He said that security measures were beefed up in the city to ensure peaceful passage of 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal. Sibtain said that other deployment would also be made for small processions in several parts of the city.