RAWALPINDI: Police, Traffic Police (CTP) and Punjab Emergency Service (PES) and Rescue-1122 have finalized arrangements for Ashura-e-Muharram to be observed on Sunday while over 6500 cops will guard 63 mourning processions and 113 Majalis.
Some 79 processions and 206 Majalis will also be held on 9th of Muharram ul Harram in Rawalpindi district which will be provided security cover by over 5000 cops.
The contingents of army and Rangers will also be deployed in the city besides police personnel to make security arrangements foolproof.
Six main processions of Zuljanah, Alam and Tazia will be taken out on Ashura from different areas of the city. All processions will culminate at 10 pm at Imambargah Qadimi.
According to City Police Officer, (CPO) Rawalpindi, Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi, the Police have finalized elaborate security arrangements forpeaceful passage of Ashura.
According to the security plan formulated in this regard, aerial surveillance of Ashura processions will be conducted to ensure security of the mourners.
Additional force of Special Branch Police, Elite Force, Punjab Constabulary, Women Police along with district police would be deployed to ensure security, especially on 10th of Muharram.
Strict checking of vehicles is being conducted at entry and exit points of the city. There would be strict monitoring of all processions while Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras have also been installed to ensure security.
Parking of vehicles will not be allowed 200 yards from Imambarghs.
No one would be allowed to stand on rooftops of the commercial and residential buildings located along the main routes of the mourning processions while armed police personnel would be deployed on the rooftops of the buildings.
Special checking of the routes would be carried out before start of the processions and bomb disposal squad would clear the routes. The mourners would be checked with metal detectors and walk through gates would be installed at the entry points of the processions.
The route of the main procession of Ashura would be sealed completely and streets on the route would be barricaded. Vehicles and motorcycles would not be allowed to move with the mourning processions.
Police and Rangers had also conducted a flag march in different parts of the town with an objective to show their strength and unity against miscreants and to maintain peace and tranquility.
Police on the special directive of City Police Officer (CPO) Rawalpindi Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi along with Rangers and the contingents of Muhafaz squads, Elite Force squads, Rescue teams and City Traffic Police conducted a flag march which was supervised by Superintendent Police (SP) Rawal Division Behram Khan and SP Potohar Division Syed Ali.
City Traffic Police (CTP) have also finalized all the arrangements.
According to City Traffic Officer (CTO) Yousaf Ali Shahid, the traffic would be diverted on 48 different routes of the city on Ashura. Enhanced number of Traffic Wardens under the supervision of Inspectors and DSPs of the city traffic police would be deployed on city roads.
As part of the security measures, entry of vehicular traffic from Committee Chowk to Iqbal Road would strictly be banned on 10th Muharram. No vehicle would be allowed on DAV college road and Iqbal road. The public transport for City Saddar Road would be diverted to Mohanpura road and traffic from Novelty cinema would reach Pirwadhai through Kashmiri bazaar.
Traffic coming from Gunjmandi would be diverted to TB hospital, Pirwadhai and Dhoke Dalal.
According to District Emergency Officer, Rescue 1122, more than 400 rescuers would remain on special duties in Rawalpindi district control room, emergency rescue stations with 25 fully equipped emergency ambulances, 12 fire vehicles, five special vehicles and two water bowzers. 20 mobile rescue teams would move with Ashura processions.
A comprehensive plan has been formulated to provide first aid and on the spot pre-hospital medical care to the mourners while serious persons would be shifted to nearby hospitals.
He urged the mourners, volunteers and custodians of Imambargahs to cooperate with Rescue-1122 staff. Emergency officers including trained doctors would supervise the arrangements.
District Control Room would also be functional round the clock for provision of effective emergency services to the public and leaves of the rescuers have been restricted in this regard, he informed.
He appealed to the motorists to give way to the ambulances and fire vehicles and advised the citizens to dial 1122 in case of any emergency.