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IGP KP Nasir khan Durrani, presiding Muharram Law and order meeting at CPO
IGP directed for live Electronic Monitoring, three tier checking mechanism and security zone of all procession.

The Inspector General of Police Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Nasir Khan Durrani has directed police high ups to ensure live electronic monitoring of all procession and adopt three tier checking mechanism for entry into every Imambargah and procession.

These directives were issued to the police high ups after taking a detailed briefing on security plan for Muharram 2016 at CPO Peshawar today. Additional IGPs Headquarters, Special Branch, Operations, CCPO and All RPOs and DPO Kohat and Hangu attended the meeting. The concerned DPOs briefed the police chief with the help of Google maps and charts about the security plan for Muharram in their respective districts. On this occasion the IGP was informed that a total of 429 small and big procession will be taken out while 940 Majalis will be held. During the briefing 129 Trouble Spots were identified in the routes of the procession to be taken out from different parts of the province and Peshawar, Hazara, Kohat and DI Khan were declared most sensitive districts for Muharram. The police chief pointed out that police will perform its duty as a front line force and no loopholes will be allowed in the security arrangements and directed the participants to take effective and fool proof security measures for sectarian harmony during Muharram. The IGP directed to ensure live electronic monitoring of all procession for which software has been prepared and installed in all districts of the province. The IGP directed the officers to monitor the checking of procession through Android System in their districts. They were also directed to make security zones for Imambargahs and precessions and adopt three tier security filter points and frisk every one before entering to any Imam Bargah and procession and keep organizers along with police on these points. It was also directed on the occasion that the route and the venue must be cleared by a Joint Composite Team (JCT) of all concerned departments. No edible or cold drinks in form of nazar and niaz be allowed to be distributed without strict checking. Lighting arrangement should be made in and around the venue of majalis. The IGP categorically made it clear that no new route of processions will be allowed and directed the participants to instantly register FIR against the violators. The participants were further directed to review the security arrangements themselves by visiting the spot in uniform and organize snap checking across the districts with special emphasis on motorcycles with fake number plates and without number plates. They were also directed for deployment of police on hill and roof tops in sensitive areas and plugging of all streets leading to Imam Bargah and procession and carrying out routes sweeping of all the precessions. They were further directed to carry out checking at macro level and check each and every thing and place, make video recording of all mourning procession, strictly discourage provocative speeches and hatred literature. Participants were directed to brief the jawan in detail about their duties and motivate them to perform its duty in a professional manner wearing full protective gear. Police high ups were informed to hold meeting with all other concerned civil departments one day before and ensure their part of job done for Muharram. The participants were directed to ban standing on roof tops of the houses on processions routes. They ware also directed that particulars of all tenants falling on the procession route and in close proximity of route and Imambargahs must be checked and particulars verified, name of the tenants to be recorded and placed in the police station record. The police chief made it clear that security arrangements adopted for Muharram will be checked through special Branch and in case of any lapses concerned DPOs will be held responsible for it.

Earlier, the IGP was briefed about the security plan adopted for peaceful observance of Muharram in different districts of the province i.e. Peshawar, Kohat, Hangu, DIKhan, Bannu and Haripur. The IGP was informed that Peshawar has 67 Imam Bargahs where total of 121 small and big precessions will be taken out on different days of Muharram. Similarly DIKhan has 66 thalles (Imam Bargahs) and 174 precessions will be taken out from it. DPO Kohat and DPO Hangu informed that this time in Kohat especially in Hangu Muharram will be challenging however all possible measures are being taken to make this tough job easier. He further informed that briefing and motivation to the level of constable are being carried out.