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Pak’s Punjab govt asked to beef up security

PTI | Updated on March 11, 2011

Islamabad, Jan 25

Pakistani authorities have warned law enforcement agencies in Punjab province to put in place extensive security measures to prevent possible attacks by terrorists who may use three explosives—laden vehicles to strike Shia processions.

A letter issued by the Interior Ministry’s National Crisis Management Cell on January 19 to senior civil and police officials in Punjab said three particular cars could be used for carrying out “vehicle—borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED) attacks.”

The Interior Ministry directed authorities to maintain extreme vigilance, heightened security and preventive measures to avoid any untoward incident, The News daily reported today, quoting unnamed sources as saying.

‘Majalis’ or gatherings and processions of Shias are being held across Pakistan to mark the ‘Chehlum’ of Hazrat Imam Hussain today.

The concluding ceremony of the ‘urs’ of the historic Data Ganj shrine, which was attacked by suicide bombers last year, is also being held.

Security agencies have warned police and other law enforcers to remain alert to prevent attacks on these gatherings.

The Punjab government has called in the paramilitary Pakistan Rangers to provide security cover to the religious events and processions.

Over 12,000 policemen have been deployed to ensure peace in Lahore.

Police are conducting special surveillance and checking hotels, inns and bus stands to ensure law and order. PTI RHL KIM 01251416

Published on January 28, 2011

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