ISLAMABAD: The Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and martyrs of Karbala was observed in the capital on Monday amid tight security.
Processions were taken out from different parts of the city amid foolproof security measures made by law enforcement agencies, with no untoward incident reported in any part of the city. The main mourning procession was taken out from G6 Imambargah, which culminated at the same point after passing through its traditional route.
The police had made a comprehensive security plan for the Chehlum, as a large number of law enforcers were deputed along the routes of the processions and religious gatherings in the city. The main procession started from Imambargah Asnae-Ashri in Sector G6/2 and was culminated at the same point after Magrib prayers.
Around 2,000 officials of the Islamabad police, Rangers and personnel of other law enforcement agencies performed security duties in the city on the occasion. All processions were closely guarded and the areas cordoned off.
According to reports, 50 Quick Response Force (QRF) teams patrolled in the city, while armed police personnel were deputed on the rooftops. Personnel of the Bomb Disposal Squad had cleared the routes, especially of the main procession, while sniffer dogs were used to check for weapons and explosives.
The capital administration had made foolproof security arrangements on the occasion and nobody was allowed to enter the procession without being cleared. At the entrance of every procession, a walkthrough gate had been installed, and everybody had to pass through it.
All the roads in Sector G6 were sealed, while markets in the areas were closed. SSP (Traffic) Asmatullah Junejo said that strict arrangements had been made for Chehlum processions to avoid any mishap.
The route of the main procession was divided into three sectors and officers of the rank of a superintendent of police (SP) supervised each sector. These sectors were further divided into sub-sectors and police officials of the ranks of an ASP and DSP were in-charge of the security there.
The administration of two hospitals – the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) and Polyclinic – was put on high alert to cope with any emergency situation.
Meanwhile, on the directives of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, security agencies carried out aerial surveillance of sensitive places in the capital and Rangers remained on alert to meet any eventuality during the Chehlum.
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