Army to be deployed across Pakistan for Muharram security

Deployment of armed forces to be for indefinite period until details are finalised with authorities concerned

A large numbers of Mourners attending Ashura procession on 9th Muharramul Haram at Latifabad, Hyderabad on July 28, 2023. — APP
A large numbers of Mourners attending Ashura procession on 9th Muharramul Haram at Latifabad, Hyderabad on July 28, 2023. — APP
  • Military to maintain law and order during Muharram.
  • Date of de-requisitioning of deployment to be decided later.
  • No decision yet to suspend internet services for Muharram.

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has approved the deployment of the Pakistan Army and Civil Armed Forces (CAF) across the country as a security measure during Muharram.

According to a notification issued by the interior ministry, the government has sought the deployment of the military to maintain law and order during the month.

The notification states that the details of troop deployment, which will be enforced for an indefinite period, will be finalised with the authorities concerned, including the government of Gilgit Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad.

Additionally, the notification stated: "The date of de-requisitioning of said deployment will be decided subsequently after mutual consultation among all stakeholders."

It is pertinent to know that provincial governments, including Punjab, have requested the federal government to suspend social media platforms for one week to curb the spread of hate material on the internet.

However, the federal government has not yet taken any decision to suspend internet services during Muharram and any decision in this regard will be taken with the consultation of provinces, according a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior earlier today.