KARACHI – 1000’s of mourners on Saturday participated in the principle ninth Muharram-ul-Haram procession amid tight safety to commemorate the sacrifices rendered by Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), his household and companions at Karbala.
The regulation enforcement businesses took strict safety measures on the day that included ban on pillion using and suspension of cell phone and web providers throughout town.
The procession, which was taken out from Nishtar Park, reached its vacation spot Hussainian Iranian Corridor slightly after sundown, whereas no untoward incident was reported throughout or after the procession.
Earlier, a majlis was held at Nishtar Park; through which sermons had been delivered by spiritual students to remind the mourners of nice sacrifices rendered by Imam Aali Muqam Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and to pay wealthy tributes to him and his companions.
Audio system, on the event, recalled the sacrifices of martyrs of Karbala who had laid down their lives for Islam and fact. After the majlis, the principle mourning procession began and handed by means of MA Jinnah Highway, Mehfil-e-Shah Khurasan, Saddar, Preedy Road and Baba-e-Urdu Highway. Numerous males, girls and kids participated within the majlis and procession and recited marsias and poems to focus on the Karbala tragedy and to commemorate the sacrifices.
Earlier than turning to Mansfield Road, the mourners supplied Zuhrain prayers close to Masjid-e-Imambargah Ali Raza after which the Imamia College students Organisation staged an indication and burnt the flags of Israel, United States and India. They, then, resumed their march and handed by means of its conventional routes. The procession entered Kharadar slightly after sundown and accomplished its journey in additional than 5 hours.
Strict safety measures had been taken by the regulation enforcement businesses to keep away from any disagreeable incident as greater than 20,000 police and Rangers personnel had been deployed.
Of whole 20,000 regulation enforcers, six thousand had been deployed solely to guard the principle procession and majalis. The identical safety preparations may even be taken for the Ashura procession, which will likely be taken out at this time (Sunday).
Along with the deployment of regulation enforcers, round the clock surveillance was additionally performed by means of over 1,200 closed-circuit tv (CCTV) cameras. It’s reminded right here that outlets in Saddar and people alongside the routes of procession are already closed and sealed.
It’s value mentioning right here that the Nationwide Counter Terrorism Authority (NCTA) has warned of potential terror acts in Karachi throughout the holy month.
On this connection, a communiqué was dispatched to the authorities involved to train excessive vigilance and take extraordinary measures to keep away from any untoward incident.
“It has been learnt that overseas militant organisations are planning to focus on Shia neighborhood within the metropolis throughout Muharram. The neighborhood corridor of PNS Jauhar the place Majlis takes place, Abbas City, Ancholi Imambargah, Markazi Imambargah Haider-e- Karar in Orangi City No 5, Ali Imambargah in Qasba Colony and Haideri Imambargah in Orangi City No four are the potential targets of terror outfits,” reads a warning letter.
Owing to the big safety threats, all the MA Jinnah Highway was sealed from either side and all entry and exit factors had been blocked with containers. Not a single automobile, besides these having particular permits, was allowed to come back close to the procession.
Police commandos and snipers had been additionally deployed on the rooftops of buildings to observe the mourning processions. The mourners had been allowed to enter the processions solely after going by means of physique checks and walkthrough gates. Apart from the regulation enforcers, almost 5,000 scouts from numerous scouts organisations, rescue providers and metropolis administration had additionally made vital preparations to facilitate members of the processions.
All alongside the MA Jinnah Highway, medical camps had been established with docs, nurses in addition to the paramedical employees in a state of readiness. Water, chilly drinks, tea and different meals gadgets had been additionally distributed among the many mourners. Hearth brigade and rescue models, metropolis wardens, ambulances remained on a stand-by in case any emergency arises.
A ban has already been imposed on pillion using in numerous districts of Sindh, together with Karachi, from Muharram eight to Muharram 10 by the provincial authorities whereas cellular telephone and web providers had been additionally suspended for 3 days until Ashura from 9am to 9pm.
Throughout the day, senior Rangers and police officers additionally visited the central procession to evaluation the safety preparations.Rangers DG Main Normal Muhammad Saeed additionally performed an aerial surveillance of the principle procession on Saturday to evaluation the safety preparations.
This information was printed in Zari Information newspaper. Learn full newspaper of 01-Oct-2017 right here.