The Government of Punjab has made the announcement to ban pillion riding in the entire province from the 1st of Muharram till the 10th, to ensure maximum security during the 10 days and avoid any unfortunate event.
The provincial cabinet committee on law and order has also suggested jamming the cellular networks, particularly in areas that are in close proximity to the procession routes. Furthermore, Pakistan Army and Rangers forces have also been requested to ensure maximum security from 1st till 10th of Muharram.
The report also suggests that special traffic plans will be issued in order to ensure the smooth flow of traffic and military troops will also be on standby, to bolster the provincial security.
Law Minister Muhammad Basharat Raja also spoke on the matter, reassuring that the government has laid out a thorough and error-proof security plan for the entire province, as per the directive issued by the Chief Minister of Punjab.
The first 10 days of Muharram are crucial in terms of the safety and security of the people, especially for those who participate in the procession. Plus, with COVID-19 still very much on the loose, these are indeed times of thorough contemplation for all provincial governments, as not only do they have to ensure security from possible violent outbreaks and terrorist activities, but also to avoid the resurgence of the virus.