QUETTA: Security has been placed on a high alert on the eve of Muharram ul Haram in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan province. Over 5,000 policemen have been deployed in the city to maintain order. Besides the frontier corps, the Pak Army has also been kept on standby to tackle any untoward situation in the provincial capital. Strict security measures have been adopted by the Balochistan government on the eve of Aushra procession.
7th Muharram procession taken out in Quetta
According to the details about the 7th of Muharram, a mourning procession consisting of 6 groups of Zul-Jinah, was taken out on Wednesday from Imambargah Kalan Prince Road under the leadership of Balochistan Shia Conference President Jawad Rafiee, Central Anjuman Traders Balochistan Register, Abdul Rahim Kakar.
Passing through Arts School Road, Archer Road, Liaquat Bazar, Prince Road and ending at Imambargah Nasirul-Azza on Mekangi Road, FC and police on the roofs and entrances of markets, shops and houses on the route of the procession to monitor the procession.
5000 police personnel deployed
Over 5,000 personnel of the Police while 200 Levies personnel were deployed in the mountains, and ATF and FC personnel were patrolling the city. While monitoring the procession, the Pakistan Army was kept on standby to deal with any untoward incident on the occasion of the procession. Moreover, the Department of Interior and Tribal Affairs of Balochistan suspended the mobile phone service, including the 9th of Muharram. Mobile phone service will also be closed on the occasion of the Ashura procession.