Sindh CM appreciates ulema for promoting sectarian harmony

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KARACHI, Sep 11 (APP):Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah appreciative of role played by religious scholars in maintaining sectarian harmony among the people has urged the law enforcers to
ensure fool proof arrangements in the implementation of code of
conduct during Muharram ul Haram, beginning from Wednesday.
Chairing a meeting to review security arrangements during the
sacred month, he expressed his confidence that there existed no chance
of any untoward incident due to the constructive role played by the
Ulema of different schools of thought.
“Yet the provincial government in realization towards its
responsibilities would adopt strict security measures with equal
attention towards implementation of the code of conduct prerequisite
for peace and harmony,” he said.
Under the code of conduct no criticism on any sect or sacred
personalities would be allowed, while there is also absolute ban on
purchase, sale and telecasting of hate/violent material.
For implementation of the code provincial home department has
been authorized to record speeches of prominent and leading speakers.
Restriction on hoisting of political, sectarian flags, banners at
public places is also an important component of the code of conduct
for Muharram ul Haram.
There is also complete ban on carrying weapons with provision for
stringent vigilance on elements included in schedule-IV while as per
code of conduct restricted use of loud speaker has been allowed.
The chief minister said that the districts of Shikarpur, Jacoabad
and Larakan are sensitive, therefore strict security measures may be
taken there.
At this the DIGs of Larkana and Sukkur told the chief minister
that all check posts located along with Sindh-Balochistan and
Sindh-Punjab borders have been strengthened further to check movement
of the people along and across the border.
The chief minister formed a committee comprising provincial
ministers, Saeed Ghani, Syed Nasir Shah and Murtaza Wahab to hold
meeting with ulemas for implementation of code of conduct.
“I would personally meet with ulemas of different sects and take
them into confidence on the decisions taken for their security, he
said.
On the occasion Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah also
issued clear directives to the police department for curbing street
crime.
Additional Inspector General (AIGP), Dr Ameer Shaikh told the
chief minister that they have started an intelligence-based operations
against street criminals, car lifters and bandits.
This operation is expected to produce best results within next
few days, he said.
The meeting among others was also attended by provincial
ministers, Saeed Ghani, Syed Nasir Shah, Advisor to CM, Murtaza Wahab,
Chief Secretary Major (retd) Azam Suleman, Additional IG Special
Branch Dr Waliullah Dal, Additional IGP-Karachi, Dr Ameer Shaikh,
Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Home Secretary Kazi kabir,
Commissioner Karachi Sualeh Farooqui and Secretary Local Government
Khalid Hyder Shah.
DIGs of all the administrative divisions of the province as well
as the commissioners were taken on the video call.
Sindh Home Secretary Kazi Kabir shared with the meeting about
all components of the code of conduct developed for religious and
other organisations so as to ensure law and order during the month of
Muharram-ul-Harram.
Responding to this the chief minister directed the district
administration and law enforcement agencies to avert loopholes that
could in any manner disturb peace, tranquility and inter-sect harmony.
Kazi Kabir mentioned that all the DIGs have been directed to
assess and provide adequate security to notables till chehlum.
“Peace committees meetings were being held at all levels,” he
said.
AIG Police, informed the meeting that that were 1996 imam-bargahs
in the province, of them 356 were in Karachi, 590 in Hyderabad
division, 118 in Mirpurkhas, 93 Shaheed Benazirabad, 374 Sukkur and
456 in Larakana division.
As per schedule, he added that there would be 3513 processions
taken out during the sacred month.
“Three hundred and nineteen (319) of these have been categorized
as most sensitive, 1059 sensitive and 2135 normal,” he said.
The meeting was also told that out of 786 matmi procession to be
held all over Sindh, 11 were most sensitive, 312 sensitive and 463
normal.
In order to provide complete security cover to the muharram
processions 69,545 policemen were said to be deployed across the
province including 17,558 in Karachi, 16816 in Hyderabad, 2237 in
Mirpurkhas, 9280 in Shaheed Benazirabad, 8253 in Sukkur and 15401 in
Larkana division.
Besides police force, Pakistan Rangers – Sindh were said to
deploy a force of around 7000 all over Sindh.
The meeting was informed that close coordination is being ensured
between police and different law enforcement agencies, for the purpose
a control room has been set up in the Karachi for timely dissemination
of information.
A mechanism has been evolved to share intelligence reports, joint
meeting of the stake holders were in progress and joint intelligence
based operations were being carried and joint flag march would be
held, said provincial home secretary.
The chief minister directed commissioner Karachi to use CCTV
cameras procured for monitoring of polling stations during the general
election.
“We can use these CCTV cameras at the place where they are
required,” he said.
It was mentioned that 184 CCTV cameras would be used to monitor
the processions during Muharram 8,9 and 10.While 43 different spots of
processions routes would also be particularly monitored through 55
mobile cameras and 129 fixed cameras.
The centralized command and control room was said to have been
established at CPO and regional command center at Civic Center.
Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah directed Minister Local
Government Saeed Ghani to cooperated with local bodies in urgent
repair/patch work of roads (where ever necessary) besides lifting of
debris, solid waste and removal of other obstructions from the areas
which have been designated as routes of procession or majalis.
He ordered for general cleanliness, ensuring manhole covers and
availability of fire tenders and waste browsers. Moreover, removal of
loose cables in coordination with K-E, Hesco, SESSCO, Telephone
companies and cable operators was also sought.