Lahore (Muhammad Yasir) IG Punjab warns of action over violation of Yom-i-Ali Processions ban. According to the orders of the provincial government and the guidelines of the NCOC, mourning processions are not allowed on Yum-e- Ali a.s this year. Corona SOPs should be implemented in all the districts on the occasion of Yom Ali a.s Majalis. Together with the district administration, the license holders and organizers of the processions should be taken into confidence not to take out the procession. Love for the Ahl -e-Bayt is part of our faith, but the decision not to hold the procession was made to prevent the spread of the Corona epidemic. IG Punjab. Video link meeting on security of Hazrat Ali a.s Day processions and gatherings chaired by IG Punjab Inam Ghani.
Inspector General of Police Punjab Inam Ghani has said that according to the orders of the provincial government and guidelines of the NCOC, mourning processions are not allowed across the province on Hazrat Ali a.s Day this year so that the spread of Corona could be reduced and the precious lives of the citizens can be protected by stopping to every possible extent. He further said that on Hazrat Ali a.s Day, only Majalis would be held in the province under strict implementation of Corona SOPs for which police teams would provide full security. He further said that love for Ahl-e-Bayt is a part of our faith but the decision not to hold the procession was taken only to stop the spread of Corona epidemic.
He further said that no one including the government wants the processions in memory of Ahl-e- Bayt to be stopped in our country but the gravity of the situation is in front of everyone. He directed the police officers to work with the district administration to take the license holders and organizers of the processions into confidence not to hold a procession and if a procession was taken out anywhere in the province, the organizers would face legal action. He further said that irresponsible behavior of the citizens could lead to a serious increase in the spread of Corona, therefore the organizers of the gatherings and the mourners should be required to strictly implement Corona SOPs. He further said that all available resources should be utilized for the security of Hazrat Ali a.s Day gatherings across the province under a comprehensive strategy while ensuring best arrangements while at the same time complying with SOPs and government orders regarding prevention of Corona. He further said that modern equipment like metal detectors, walk-through gates and CCTV monitoring should be fully utilized during security arrangements in all the districts while expert snipers should be deployed on roof top for security of A category Majalis .
He further said that commandos in plain clothes should be deployed for the protection of mourners while women personnel should be deployed for the convenience and protection of female mourners. He further said that the police officers and personnel deployed on security duty should also strictly enforce the implementation of Corona SOPs so that they can perform their duties of service and safety of the citizens while remaining safe from Corona. He further said that, in collaboration with the Special Branch and other law enforcement agencies, search, sweep, combing and intelligence-based operations should be ensured in the vicinity of sensitive imambargahs and mosques, while security personnel should be informed about the sensitivity of duty in the current situation and special briefings should also be given in this regard.
He expressed these views while presiding over a meeting on security arrangements for Hazrat Ali a.s Day at the camp office here today. The meeting reviewed in detail the steps being taken for the security of Majalis across the province. During the meeting, all the RPOs and DPOs briefed the IG Punjab on the security arrangements and said that the recommendations of the organizers and local notables have been taken into consideration during the security arrangements of the meetings and the police officers and personnel have a passion for service and duty. They will perform their duties with dedication as this is the main duty and mission of the police force. Instructing the officers, the IG Punjab said that if any district needs any help in terms of security arrangements, the operations branch of the Central Police Office should be informed immediately so that there is no impediment to their immediate delivery. Additional IG Operations Sahibzada Shehzad Sultan, CCPO Lahore Ghulam Mehmood Dogar, Additional IG CTD Wasim Ahmed Khan, DIG Operations Lahore Sajid Kayani, RPO Sheikhupura Dr Inam Waheed and DIG Operations Sohail Sukhera were present in the meeting. Other officers including all the RPOs, CPOs and DPOs of the province participated through video link.