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Traders demand stringent security measures for Ashura

August 23, 2020

Rawalpindi: President Markazi Anjuman Tajran Sharjeel Mir has called for taking stringent security measures for ensuring peace and security in the city during the holy month of Muharram.

Talking to APP, he said the city administration must take extraordinary measures by intensifying snap checking and patrolling, effective monitoring of the city’s entry and exit points, deployment of the additional police force and Rangers, installation, and repair of CCTV cameras and other security steps so that all processions and other religious activities culminate peacefully.

Recalling the disaster suffered by local traders of Madina Market and Al-Umer Plaza in 2013 on Ashura in Raja Bazaar, he said, ”We cannot afford any further loss of life and property as it takes years to recover and restore businesses, which was put on fire by the angry mob on November 15, in 2013.”

Mir called for taking the business community into confidence regarding the security plan devised for various routes of Muharram processions so that traders could adhere to the security plan and schedule their business activities accordingly. When contacted, City Police Officer Muhammad Ahsan Younas assured that foolproof security arrangements were being made to provide security to mourners as well as traders to feel a sense of security.