PESHAWAR: Inspector General of Police Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Salahuddin Khan Mehsood Saturday morning paid a surprise visits to check and ascertain security measures for the Central ‘Alm and Zuljinah’ procession.
The procession was taken out from Imambargah Hussainia Hall in cantonment to pay tributes to Shaheed-e-Karbala for their matchless sacrifice for supremacy of Islam, was peacefully culminated here Saturday afternoon amid tight security.
The main Zuljinnah procession on 9th Muharram, started from Imam Bargah Hussainia Hall Saturday morning and went through the prescribed route. The mourners performed Zuhar and Asar prayer at Kalabari Fawara Chowk and offered special dua for progress and prosperity of Muslims Ummah, Pakistan and martyrs of Karbala.
The IGP went on different route and inspected and reviewed in detail the security steps taken for peaceful observance of Muharram. The IGP was accompanied with Chief Capital City Police Peshawar Mohammad Tahir Khan who on some occasion provided a short briefing to IGP Salahuddin Khan Mehsood about the security managements and live monitoring of the mourn processions through CCTV installed in the post.
The IGP on this occasion directed the Jawans performing their duties to be alert to deal with any untoward incident. He also expressed satisfaction over the steps taken by the police and issued necessary instructions to the police high ups present on this occasion.
The IGP also visited Army Control Room established in the command post where he was briefed with the help of maps and charts about the Muharram security steps. The IGP also met with the officials of other departments who were performing duty at the post and held in high esteem their efforts for peaceful observance of Muharram.
Talking with the media men on the occasion the IGP pointed out that best coordination existed amongst Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police, Pak Army, Frontier Corps, Frontier Constabulary, civil administration and Intelligence Agencies.
Joint search and strike operation are being carried out on intelligence based information of which better results are coming. The IGP informed that there were no hideouts or dens of the terrorists in tribal areas and this time security arrangements had been finalized week ahead and all necessary security equipment have been provided to the districts where Muharram processions to be taken out.
The IGP further revealed that Muharram security steps are being adopted with consultation and active support of both sects and general public and hoped that Muharram would be observed with due reverence in a peaceful and congenial atmosphere.
To a question the IGP said that all districts of the province have equally been declared sensitive where Muharram processions are to be taken and equal security is being provided to all district.
To another question the IGP informed that external apprehensions about security threats are there and keeping in view these apprehensions deployment is being made and intelligence based operations are being conducted.
The IGP reiterated its pledge that any misadventure of any miscreants group will be averted with iron hands.