PESHAWAR: Owing to security concerns, schools on the Muharram procession routes in Peshawar have been closed.

Deputy Commissioner Peshawar has issued orders for closure of schools on the routes of the Muharram processions. The schools which have been closed include Girls High School Mohalla Jattan, Girs Primary School Machhi Hatta, Central City Public School Mohalla Daftar Bandaan, Bilawal Malik School Mohallah Qazi Khaillaan, Tasawwar Public School Mohalla Jattan, Rimsha Public School Koocha Said Wali, Peshawar Computer Public School, Computer Public School and Taj Public School at Mohalla Farshi Galli, Unique Public School, Talent Public School and Seeds Public School and Girls High School Mohalla Mundi Beri.

The measure has been taken to avoid any untoward situation during Muharram processions and ensure fool-proof security.

On Monday, security officials reviewed the security arrangements in Peshawar city for Muharram processions.

Capital City Police Officer Karim Khan along with Brigadier Jawad, SSP Operations, Zahoor Babar Afridi, and SP City, Syed Atiq Shah, visited different Imambargahs and other worship places and inspected security measures. Officials deployed on security of Muharram processions and Imambargahs were directed to stay alert to meet any security challenge. Officials also checked the installation of CCTV cameras under the Safe City Project in different parts of the city.

The Capital City Police Peshawar has formed a comprehensive security plan for Muharram under which about 10,000 police personnel and officers will perform security duties inside and outside Imambargahs in the city.

As many as 10,000 police personnel have been deployed for security, all the Muharram procession routes are checked four times through bomb disposal unit (BDU) and sniffer dogs and security will be checked through CCTV cameras to keep an eye on suspicious persons. Three-liar security will be provided to the participants of Muharram processions. Specialist snipers will be deployed at high-rise buildings situated at Muharram procession routes and security men will also remain present at picking points.

Checking at entry and exit routs of the city has been increased further. To further improve security, entry of all vehicles inside the city will be banned during Ashura days. The process of checking data of guests at all the hotels and guest houses in the city is also underway.

A supreme command post has also been established in Peshawar which is equipped with modern facilities to ensure proper monitoring of Imambargahs, Muharram processions and sensitive places in the city. The BDU, Ladies Police, DSB, ambulances, Rescue 1122 and district administration officials will remain present in the post round the clock during Muharram.

Officials said a proposal has been made to keep the mobile phone service suspended during 9th and 10th Muharram to ensure fool-proof security.

The district administration of Peshawar has already imposed Section 144 till 13th of Muharram under which wall-chalking, pillion-riding, distribution of posters, display of arms, use of tinted glasses in vehicles and provocative speeches have been banned in the city.

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