Muharram


Updated at: 1545 PST, Friday, January 09, 2009 HANGU: The curfew remained continued for fourth consecutive day in Hangu whereas closure of Kohat- Parachinar road created problems for the masses.According to official sources, the curfew was imposed in the area on Tuesday to maintain law and order during Muharramul Haram. Entry and exit routes have been closed for traffic. Local administration said curfew would continue for indefinite period.
Updated at: 1545 PST, Friday, January 09, 2009 HANGU: The curfew remained continued for fourth consecutive day in Hangu whereas closure of Kohat- Parachinar road created problems for the masses.According to official sources, the curfew was imposed in the area on Tuesday to maintain law and order during Muharramul Haram. Entry and exit routes have been closed for traffic. Local administration said curfew would continue for indefinite period.
Updated at: 1545 PST, Friday, January 09, 2009 HANGU: The curfew remained continued for fourth consecutive day in Hangu whereas closure of Kohat- Parachinar road created problems for the masses.According to official sources, the curfew was imposed in the area on Tuesday to maintain law and order during Muharramul Haram. Entry and exit routes have been closed for traffic. Local administration said curfew would continue for indefinite period.

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Daily Times
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Nineteen ulema from seven major cities of the country met Interior Adviser Rehman Malik on Thursday and endorsed a policy of “live and let live” during the month of Muharram. This is the month when sectarian passions flare and can be exploited by the terrorists. Sunni and Shia militants attack one another and intra-Sunni violence occurs against moderate Sunnis. The government has imposed a pro-forma ban on “selling literature, cassettes and videos that can hurt the sentiments of followers of any sect or religion”.The ulema always get together before Muharram and issue friendly statements about one another, but it has never worked. If someone fears that this time too it may not work, he couldn’t be far wrong, given the ongoing sectarian war in Kurram Agency in the Tribal Areas and in DI Khan in the NWFP. Adviser Rehman Malik has himself eaten some words in this connection. Over a month ago, he warned Kurram that he was going to bring action there “within seventy four hours” unless the two sects returned to their senses and stopped violence. He has taken no action so far. Given Pakistan’s terror map, the Shia are sitting ducks, and there is nothing anyone can do about it. *


Daily Times
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Nineteen ulema from seven major cities of the country met Interior Adviser Rehman Malik on Thursday and endorsed a policy of “live and let live” during the month of Muharram. This is the month when sectarian passions flare and can be exploited by the terrorists. Sunni and Shia militants attack one another and intra-Sunni violence occurs against moderate Sunnis. The government has imposed a pro-forma ban on “selling literature, cassettes and videos that can hurt the sentiments of followers of any sect or religion”.The ulema always get together before Muharram and issue friendly statements about one another, but it has never worked. If someone fears that this time too it may not work, he couldn’t be far wrong, given the ongoing sectarian war in Kurram Agency in the Tribal Areas and in DI Khan in the NWFP. Adviser Rehman Malik has himself eaten some words in this connection. Over a month ago, he warned Kurram that he was going to bring action there “within seventy four hours” unless the two sects returned to their senses and stopped violence. He has taken no action so far. Given Pakistan’s terror map, the Shia are sitting ducks, and there is nothing anyone can do about it. *


Daily Times
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Nineteen ulema from seven major cities of the country met Interior Adviser Rehman Malik on Thursday and endorsed a policy of “live and let live” during the month of Muharram. This is the month when sectarian passions flare and can be exploited by the terrorists. Sunni and Shia militants attack one another and intra-Sunni violence occurs against moderate Sunnis. The government has imposed a pro-forma ban on “selling literature, cassettes and videos that can hurt the sentiments of followers of any sect or religion”.The ulema always get together before Muharram and issue friendly statements about one another, but it has never worked. If someone fears that this time too it may not work, he couldn’t be far wrong, given the ongoing sectarian war in Kurram Agency in the Tribal Areas and in DI Khan in the NWFP. Adviser Rehman Malik has himself eaten some words in this connection. Over a month ago, he warned Kurram that he was going to bring action there “within seventy four hours” unless the two sects returned to their senses and stopped violence. He has taken no action so far. Given Pakistan’s terror map, the Shia are sitting ducks, and there is nothing anyone can do about it. *

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Thursday, December 25, 2008
PARACHINAR: The political administration (PA) of the Kurram Agency has made foolproof security arrangements for peaceful observance of Muharram in the agency, a senior government official said here on Wednesday.

Talking to reporters here, Political Agent Arshad Majeed said meetings were held with religious scholars of both the sects and they assured full cooperation to the political authorities for maintaining sectarian harmony and brotherhood.

The Pak-Afghan border areas would be sealed from 7th-12th of Muharram for security purposes, while check-posts have been set up at various important places to foil designs of saboteurs and anti-state elements.

Special directives have been issued to the law-enforcing agencies to take extra security measures during Muharram, he added. Majeed said the political administration has been asked to keep close vigil on movement of suspects.

He said the Parachinar-Chappry Road would be closed for traffic on Muharram 9 and 10. He said that he was in close contact with the Tesco, the Wapda and the PTCL authorities to ensure their services during Muharram.

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