KARACHI/LAHORE/PESHAWAR (November 23, 2012): Taking precautionary measures against terrorism, governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh declared holiday on Friday as the Punjab government banned pillion riding, while in Karachi motorcycles riding will be partially banned.
The Sindh government has announced a public holiday from 8-10 Muharram and all educational institutions and government offices will remain closed.
The army has also accepted the provincial government’s request of providing security in the province if the need arises.
Roads leading to MA Jinnah road have already been blocked by containers.
Meanwhile the roads leading to the Abdullah Shah Gazi shrine have also been sealed due to security risks.
A spokesperson from the Punjab government has announced that pillion riding will be banned in the province on 9-10 Muharram. Earlier senior provincial minister Zulfiqar Khosa had said that pillion riding would be banned from 8 Muharram.
IG Punjab said that 120,000 security officials would be deployed during processions along with aerial surveillance.
The private school association has announced that schools in Islamabad and Rawalpindi will be closed on Friday.
CCTV cameras will also monitor all entry and exit points of the provincial capital Lahore.
FC personnel have been deployed in Quetta and helicopters will be used to provide aerial surveillance during processions.
Police will be deployed along the route of Muharram processions across the province.
All government schools have been closed in Peshawar from 8-10 Muharram. The Peshawar University will also remain closed during these days.
Police will be deployed across the routes of Muharram processions across the province.