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Gilgit on high alert – Clerics banned from entering the region

The government has imposed section 144 in Gilgit as Muharram approached. The move comes as several quarters in Gilgit Baltistan allege that militants of Tehreek e Taliban have warned to target Shia Community in Gilgit Baltistan during Muharram.

According to sources, law enforcement agencies have banned religious clerics from outside Gilgit-Baltistan from entering the region until the end of Muharram.

Police and other law enforcement agencies said they have mapped procession routes with the help of digital devices to make certain infallible security for mourners, but the Shia community has complained that the government is unresponsive to threats made by the Taliban and that no serious measures have been enacted to ensure security of the minority Muslim sect.

Meanwhile, reports have it that more than 20 CCTV cameras have been put in along the way devised for the procession and 11 Imambargahs in Gilgit have been pronounced extremely susceptible and security has been beefed up around them.

Moreover, authorities have said that police, GB scouts and rangers have been positioned at important and sensitive places around the city. Community policing has also reportedly been integrated into the security plan. Sources suggest that more than 200 suspects have also been put on the watch list.

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