The main mourning procession concluded across the country peacefully. To pay homage to the sacrifices of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions in Karbala, Yaum-e-Ashur was observed on Wednesday with solemnity and sanctity.
Alam, Zuljinah and Taazia processions were taken out in all small and big towns in Punjab, Balochistan, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.
The Ulema and Zakireen highlighted the teachings of Hazrat Imam Hussain and various aspects of Karbla tragedy which took place some 1,400 years ago.
Main Ashura processions also culminated in Quetta, Peshawar, Faisalabad, Hyderabad, Multan, Bahwalpur, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Abbottabad, Gilgit Baltistan and other cities.
In Karachi, the main Youm-e-Ashur mourning procession of Alam, Tazia and Zuljinnah taken out from Nishtar Park and will conclude at Hussainia Iranian in Kharadar, after passing through its traditional routes.
All link roads connecting to city’s main M.A Jinnah Road have been sealed with containers, with snipers deployed on roof tops along procession routes that were checked by Bomb Disposal Unit through sniffer dogs and detectors.
The volunteers of various social welfare organisations put up medical camps and Sabeels to facilitate the participants of the procession. Ambulance services and first aid camps were also set up by various organisations to facilitate the mourners.
Imposing five-day ban on motorbike pillion-riding in Sindh, the government has deployed thousands of personnel of police and Rangers in Karachi, with army deployment in sensitive areas.
Law enforcing agencies have been put on high alert to deal with any eventuality.
Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras have also been installed to closely monitor activities on the procession routes. Command and Control Centers have been established in different cities for monitoring.
In Karachi, the main mourning procession which started from the Nishter Park concluded peacefully at Husanian Iranian in Kharadar.
In Rawalpindi, the main mourning procession taken out from Imambargah Ashiq Hussain and will terminate at Imambargah Qadeemi.
According to the spokesman of Islamabad police, strict security arrangements were made for various processions in the areas of Sabzi Mandi, Aabpara, Shalimar, Golra (Shah Allah Dita), Tarnol, Sihala and Secretariat.
Islamabad police including Rangers and personnel of other law enforcement agencies performed patrolling and security duties and all processions were completely cordoned off through heavy deployment.
The mourners processions of 10th Muharram-ul-Haram was taken out in different areas of the federal capital includingG-6/4 and I-10/2, which culminated peacefully.
In Lahore, the main procession was taken out from the Nisar Havali and terminated at Karbala Gamay Shah after passing through its traditional routes.
Thousands of people, including children and women, will take part in the processions.
In Lahore, the main Zuljanah procession emerged from Nisar Haveli inside Mochi Gate and concluded at Gamay Shah.
In Peshawar, scores of Tazyiya, Alam and Zuljinah processions taken out from the Imambargh Syed Alam Shah in Koocha Bazaar, which, after passing through Qissa Khwani and other traditional routes, will end at the same venue.
The mourning processions in Hangu, Kohat, DI Khan, Manshera, Lakki Marwat, Tank and other districts will also be taken out on their traditional routes amid strict security.
Similarly, in Muzaffarabad, main Taazia, Alam and Zuljinah processions taken out from Markazi Imambargah Pir Ilam Shah Bukhari and terminate at the same place after passing through their traditional routes.
Processions will also be taken out in Mirpur, Haveili, Hattiyan, Kotli, Bhimbher, Bagh, Sudahnoti, Rawalakot and Neelam valley of Azad Kashmir.
The main procession in Balochistan was taken out from Quetta’s Alamdar Road. After passing through its traditional route, it will end at its starting point.
In Gilgit, the main procession was taken out from Markazi Imamia Masjid which will terminate at same place after passing through main bazaar.