LAHORE: Sep 30 – Shiite Muslims participate in a procession on 9th Muharram taken out from Pando Street Islampura. ONLINE PHOTO by Sajid Rana

9th Muharram observed with religious fervor amid stringent security

F.P. Report

LAHORE/KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: Mourners took out out mourning processions across the country today, Saturday, the ninth of Muharram, to pay homage to the martyrs of Karbala.

In Karachi, the main procession was taken out from Nishtar Park, while in Lahore the procession began from Pando Street. In Islamabad, the procession was taken out from Asna Ashri Bargah G-6/2 which was participated by large number of mourners. The main procession in Islamabad is taken out on the 9th of Muharram.

The annual Zuljinah processions were taken out from almost all the cities and towns across the country and Majalis (gatherings) held held. In Karachi, police, Rangers, ladies and gents scouts were deployed at the route of the main procession.

Sabeels (stalls for refreshment drinks) were setup as per old tradition. In Karachi’s Pan Mandi, the 50-year-old tradition of Sabeel was kept alive this time too. In Multan, a Sabeel of tea and milk was also setup, whereas, the 500-year-old traditional pot Sabeel also attracted throngs of mourners.

The metro service will remain suspended in Islamabad and Rawalpindi today and on the 10th of Muharram. In Peshawar, people gathered at Hussainia Hall in Sadar from where the central procession emerged. The security officers had earlier cleared the area after thorough inspection. In Peshawar and Quetta, for three-days a ban has been placed on pillion-riding.

Ulema and Zakireen shed light on the bright and candid teachings of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his great companions. In Lahore, Parachinar, and Thar, mourners donated blood to commemorate the great sacrifices given in the Karbala tragedy.

The 10th of Muharraum, Youm-e-Ashur, will be observed with great reverence on Sunday. In order to ensure smooth flow of traffic on the roads of Karachi, traffic police has given an alternate route plan for the public.

Ashura, on the 10th day of the month of Muharram, remembers the martyrdom of Hazrat Hussain Ibn-e-Ali (AS), one of the grandsons of the holy prophet (PBUH) and is marked by large public commemorations by Muslims every year.

Stern security arrangements have been ensured across the country on the occasion of 9th Muharram today (Saturday) and for 10th Muharram. Heavy contingents of police, Rangers and Elite force have been deployed in the sensitive areas countrywide to avoid any untoward situation whereas aerial surveillance is also carrying out. Command and Control Centers have also been established to monitor the processions while CCTV cameras are also being used.

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