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[July 21, 2014]
Youm-e-Ali processions: Security beefed up in parts of Pakistan
(Express Tribune (Pakistan) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Strict security measures are in place and Section 144 has been imposed in various parts of the country to avoid any untoward incident onYoum-e-Ali (RA), Express News reported on Sunday.
In addition to the imposition of Section 144, whichbans a gathering of over four people at one place for rallies and protests, pillion riding has also been bannedin Karachi, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Multan and Quetta.
Cellular services remain active in Lahore and Karachi even after the Sindh government had announced on July 18 that mobile-phone services would be suspended from 4 am till 11 pm today and a similar announcement was made for parts of Lahore.
CCTV cameras have been placed on the procession route in Karachi and the district government has also set up a control room for 24 hours to maintain security.
In Lahore,5,000 police officers in uniform as well as police commandos in civil clothes have been deployed.
Police are searching people passing through the procession route in Lahore three times and 100 CCTV cameras have also been installed in the city.
Processions have already started in Karachi and Lahore, while a small procession has commenced in Multan where a larger one will begin at 1pm today.
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