Youm-e-Ashur observed amid stringent security


KARACHI: As elsewhere, Youm-e-Ashur, Muharram 10, was observed in the metropolis on Sunday with due reverence to pay homage to the supreme sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions at Karbala.

The main mourning procession in the city was taken out in the morning from Nishtar Park after a majlis that was addressed by Allama Shahanshah Hussain Naqvi. The participants offered the ‘Namaz-e-Zuhrain’ at the Tibet Centre near Saddar. After passing through its traditional route, the procession culminated in the evening at Kharadar Husanian Iranian peacefully.

The law enforcement agencies made foolproof security arrangements on the occasion as the entire route was sealed with the containers to check the entry of any unauthorised persons. Sharpshooters of the police were also posted on top of the buildings along the main route of the procession.

The Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, accompanied by Home Minister Suhail Anwar Siyal and Inspector General of Police (IGP) AD Khawaja, visited the main mourning procession and inspected the security arrangements. Sindh Rangers Director General Major General Muhammad Saeed also visited and reviewed the security arrangements and expressed his satisfaction.

According to details, some 10,000 policemen and 6,000 Rangers personnel were deployed for the security duty. The mobile telephone service in the city remained suspended since morning, along with a restriction on pillion riding in the metropolis as part of the security measures. The main mourning procession was also monitored through closed-circuit television cameras.

Medical camps were also established for the availability of any required assistance to the participants. People also donated blood and there was a free shuttle service for the elderly, women and children. Arrangements were also made by the traffic police for the smooth flow of traffic.