RAWALPINDI: The district administration has banned entry of 190 ulema from various schools of thought during Muharram. The measure is aimed at maintaining religious harmony during the month. More than 10,000 armed policemen will be deployed to maintain peace during muharram, along with troops of rangers, army and the Punjab Constabulary, according to a police spokesperson on Sunday. Under the security plan, no one will be allowed to stand on the rooftops of commercial and residential buildings situated along the routes of mourning processions or carry the weapons. City police has completed all arrangements to maintain peace during the holy month, with volunteers, elite force and lady police supplementing security cover of processions. Earlier, the district administration of Attock took similar measures, barring the entry of 52 religious figures in the district.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2015.