Punjab seeks deployment of Army, Rangers during Muharram


LAHORE : The Punjab Police has written a letter to Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Momin Agha seeking deployment of military troops in the province for maintaining law and order situation during Muharram-ul-Haram.

According to a letter, a requisition was forwarded to Home Department of Punjab government for the provision of 63 companies of the army and 43 companies of Rangers to assist the police in the maintenance of security, especially during 9th and 10th of Muharram.

Three companies of Pak Army and Rangers will be deployed in Lahore during Muharram-ul-Haram, the letter stated.

Meanwhile, the government has finalized all security arrangements for Muharram-ul-Haram in order to maintain peace in the province.
The Punjab Home Department yesterday had recommended suspending cellular phone services in the province on 9th and 10th of Muharram as part of security measures.

The Punjab Home Department had recommended for suspension of mobile service on selective areas, especially along the routes of mourning processions.

The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee (RHC) will meet today (Thursday) for Muharram-ul-Haram moon sighting.

Committee Chairman Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman would hold the meeting in Karachi after Asr prayers.

The meeting of zonal and district Ruet-e-Hilal committees will also be held for collecting evidence in respect of sighting of the Muharram moon.