Ashura processions begin around the country amid strict security | Pakistan

By | Oct 1, 2017

A policeman stands guard at a majlis website in Faisalabad Oct 1. Photograph: Zari Information

Ashura processions have begun throughout the nation to mark the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions at Karbala, Iraq on Muharram 10. 

Mobile and web providers have begun to be suspended in Karachi, Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Kashmore, Khairpur, Haripur, DI Khan and Lakki Marwat, amongst different areas.  

In the meantime, the bike pillion using ban remains to be in place in Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta whereas the metro bus in Islamabad and Rawalpindi may also stay non-operational at the moment.

Route plan for Ashura procession in Karachi 

In Karachi, the principle jaloos (procession) started in Nishtar Park with a majlis (tackle) recited by Allama Shahenshah Hussain Naqvi.

The procession will then proceed to Numaish Chowrangi, from the place it can observe MA Jinnah Street in direction of Regal Chowk, and pause at Tibet Centre from Zuhr prayers.

Following this, the procession will head in direction of Radio Pakistan, and conclude at Irania Hussainia Imambargah.

Tight safety has been deliberate all through the metropolis with over 6,000 personnel deployed together with a heavy contingent of Rangers.

Snipers have been stationed in balconies of the buildings lining the procession’s conventional route in addition to on rooftops of skyscrapers, from the place safety officers could have an eagle’s eye point-of-view of the procession.

With regard to additional safety and security within the procession, followers and mourners might be required to enter through walk-through gates, put in with metallic detectors.

In Rawalpindi, the principle Ashura procession will begin at 11am from Imambargah Ashiq Hussain.

In accordance with the police, 7,000 police personnel, in addition to paramilitary forces, have been deployed for the occasion.  

In Lahore, the Ashura procession started with the normal majlis at Nisar Havel. It would then proceed by slender alleyways of the ‘previous metropolis’ and conclude within the night at Imambargah Karbala Gamay Shah. 

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