Karbala martyrs’ Chehlum being observed country-wide today

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KARACHI: Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and other Karbala martyrs is being observed across the country on Tuesday with religious fervour amid tight security, to mark 40 days after the day of Ashura when Hussain (AS) and his 70 companions were a victim of Yazidi forces in 61 AH.

Processions will be taken out and congregations will also be held in every major city of the country to remember the sacrifice of Imam Hussain (AS).

Foolproof security arrangements have been made for the processions and security personnel have been deployed at every route to avoid any kind of untoward incident.

The Sindh government has imposed a ban on pillion riding in Karachi and various districts across the province for five days from October 28 to November 2ahead of Imam Hussain (RA) Chehlum as part of its security plan.

Blockades have been placed on the central route of the procession leading up to MA Jinnah Road, with containers and barbed wires from Numaish Chowrangi to Tower.

Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Kaleem Imam has ordered all police deputy inspector generals (DIGs) to use resources at their disposal to make sure efficient security measures are in place for congregations marking the Chehlum in all districts of the Sindh province.

All cellular phone services will also remain suspended in the following cities to counter any threats of terrorism.

PUNJAB: Lahore, Nankana Sahab, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Gujrat,Narowal, Rawalpindi, Attock, Jhelum, Sargodha, Khushab, Bhakkar, Toba Tek Singh, Multan, Sahiwal, Okara, Pakpattan, Rahim Yar Khan

KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA: Nowshera, Kohat, Bannu, Laki Marwat, Dera Ismail Khan, Tank, Abbottabad

SINDH: Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Khairpur, Jacobabad, Shikarpur

AZAD KASHMIR: Muzaffarabad, Baagh, Haveli, Mirpur, Kotli

BALOCHISTAN: Quetta