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8,000 Troops To Guard Quetta On Ashura

QUETTA: Eight thousand troops of different law-enforcement agencies, including the paramilitary force (Frontier Corps), would perform security duty on the ninth and tenth of Muharram in Quetta with the Army at standby, officials said on Tuesday.

The officials said the government was doing its best to ensure that the Muharram-ul-Haraam passed peacefully, and for the purpose ìfoolproofî security measures were being taken.

In all, 5,000 policemen, 2,000 men of the Balochistan Constabulary and 1,000 Frontier Corps troops will be on guard on the 9th and 10th of Muharram, the officials added. The chief minister has already given directives to ensure peace during the Muharram-ul-Haraam.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the Peace Committee, Quetta district, on Tuesday reviewed the security arrangements for Muharram. The religious scholars were urged to avoid delivering provocative speeches and play an effective role in promoting peace, brotherhood and harmony among the Muslims.

The meeting was informed that a district Control Room would be set up in the office of EDO (Revenue), where presence of representatives of different departments/agencies, including civil defence, fire brigade, QESCO, WASA, PTCL, health department, police and district government would be ensured.

The Control Room would have the numbers 081-2820729 (telephone) and 0300-5791090 (mobile phone). It was also stated that close circuit cameras would be installed to monitor the routes of the procession. Moreover, additional deployment of the police would also be made to prevent any untoward incident, it was further stated.