The 10 Muharramul Haram processions ended peacefully throughout Sindh as no untoward incident took place amid extra security measures adopted by the law enforcement agencies.
Officials said Sindh Inspector General of Police Ghulam Nabi Memon congratulated the officers and staff of the police force and its Special Branch and other units for making and implementing the security strategy from 1st Muharram till Ashura.
The police chief also praised the performance of the traffic police and thanked the Rangers and other law enforcement agencies for their support and cooperation during Muharram. He stated that similar arrangements would be made on the occasion of Chehlum of Imam Hussain (RA).
Officials said IGP Memon has also visited the Hyderabad Range to review the security arrangements where Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah also joined the procession of 10th Muharram and reviewed the security measures.
They added that the IGP accompanied the Sindh CM in a helicopter to have an aerial view of the 10th Muharram procession, and later landed at the Cantonment Helipad. Hyderabad, where the CM was received by ministers and Hyderabad Mayor Kashif Shoro.
The CM led the main procession at Qadam Gah where he met leaders of Shia organisations and discussed security arrangements with them. The Shia leaders expressed satisfaction at the security measures and thanked the CM for his cooperation and the visit.
Shah visited the control room where he was given a detailed briefing about the security arrangements by deputy commissioner Fawad Soomro and Hyderabad DIG Pir Mohammad Shah.
Later, the CM flew back to Karachi with the IGP and took an aerial view of the Moharram procession.
He and the chief secretary, Sohail Rajput, visited the Command and Control Centre at the CPO and watched the movement of the procession through different cameras connected with the control centre.
The CM also officially launched a police app, Talash, which has been designed to identify the culprits and bodies through their thumb impressions. The recovered vehicles could also be identified by inserting their engine and chassis number in the app. The App has complete data on the culprits in its store and is also connected with the National Database and Registration Authority.
Shah launched the app by giving his thumb impressions to the app device, which automatically generated data of ‘Murad Ali Shah’. The CM appreciated the police for developing the app.
Meanwhile, Sindh Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) President Allama Baqir Zaidi said the citizens of Sindh displayed exemplary unity and solidarity in the gatherings to mourn the Karbala tragedy. He added that the services of the provincial government and law enforcement agencies were commendable.
In a statement issued by the Wahdat House, Zaidi and other leaders of the party said that in the first decade of Muharram, the Sindh police, Rangers and other law enforcement agencies across Sindh delivered a praiseworthy performance.
The MWM leaders appreciated IGP Memon, Rangers Director General Maj Gen Azhar Waqas and Karachi police chief Javed Odho for providing foolproof security and facilities for the congregations and processions of Muharram.
They said the days of ‘Aza’ would continue till Rabiul Awwal and expressed the hope that the law enforcement agencies would continue to perform their duties in the same way to ensure the protection of life and property of the citizens across Sindh.