Quetta: Strict security plan has been chalked for Ashura, according to the provincial government. The Provincial Police Officer said that ‘foolproof’ security measures have been adopted to avoid any untoward incident.
Asif Nawaz Warraich said in a meeting with a delegation from Balochistan Shia Confrence that all out security arrangements have been made. Hazara Jirga Chairman Qayum Changazi, Nazim Syed Talib Agha, Capital City Police officer Nawabzada Humayun Jogezai and others were also present in the meeting.
PPO Asif Warraich said the Ashura procession would be closely monitored through closed circuit cameras installed on the route of the procession. He added that 8,000 security forces, including 4,000 police and 4,000 Frontier Corp personnel have been deployed on the route of the procession. Besides, 1000 secret law enforcement agency personnel would also monitor the procession in plain clothes, he said.
The Delegation expressed satisfaction over the security arrangements saying about 1,500 Hazara volunteers of the Jaloos Organizing Committee would also check security of the procession.
Government of Balochistan has declared January 7 and 8, 2009 (9th and 10th Muharram) as public holiday in Balochistan. All the educational institutes and offices would remain closed.