KARACHI: Over 20,000 policemen and 8,000 Rangers personnel will be deployed in the city to provide security on the eve of Eid Miladun Nabi.
More than 290 processions will be taken out from three zones, while over 390 congregations will be held in several parts of the city.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh, Shahid Nadeem Baloch, said that specialised 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 1,625 in South zone.
Moreover, 5,000 extra policemen would be deployed for the central procession of Rabiul Awwal 12 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, and cops would be deployed on rooftops. A camera surveillance system would also be installed at the central procession route. No vehicles would be allowed to enter the route of central procession, except for those with a security pass. Children and women would not be allowed to enter the central procession.
Meanwhile, the Bomb Disposal Squad has also been directed to sweep and scan 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 8,000 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 Rabiul Awwal 12. Sibtain said that other deployment would also be made for small processions in several parts of the city.
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