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9th Muharram processions taken out across country

9th Muharram processions taken out across country
September 9, 2019
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The 9th Muharram processions were taken out throughout Pakistan with due solemnity and sanctity to pay homage to the sacrifices of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions in Karbala. The mourners beat their chests and performed self-flagellation to remember the great sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA). Ulema and Zakireen throw light on the bright and candid teachings of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his great companions. Mourning processions will be taken out in various parts of the country today. The foolproof security will be provided to the processions of 9th Muharram as all routes going towards processions has been sealed. There will be a ban on pillion riding from the night of the 8th of Muharram until Ashura in order to maintain law and order and avoid any untoward incident. Security has been beefed-up for 9 and 10 Muharram processions in Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore and other cities. The police have sealed shops and blocked roads with containers. Special traffic plan for the processions of 9th of Muharram have also been chalked out. Mobile service is being completely suspended especially in the areas which are in proximity with procession routes, whereas weak networks are available in rest of the areas. The cellular service will resume, in cities after the conclusion of processions in respective areas, most likely after 8:00 pm, as per the sources. Special security plans were devised on provincial and federal level to ensure safe environment throughout the holy month, with heavy contingents of security personnel deployed in major cities of Pakistan, in addition to tight security measures in small cities as well.
Karachi’s MA Jinnah Road sealed
In Karachi, MA Jinnah Road has been sealed with containers and other barriers and would remain unavailable for routine traffic on 9th and 10th Muharram. Roads joining Saddar Regal Chowk, corridor-3 to Saddar Dawa Khana have also been sealed for traffic. The Sindh government has also requested the ministry to block the mobile phone services along the procession routes on Muharram 9 and 10. As many as 69,545 police personnel will perform security duties across the province including 17,558 in Karachi, 16,816 in Hyderabad, 2,237 in Mirpurkhas, 9,280 in Shaheed Benazirabad, 8,258 in Sukkar and 15,404 in Larkana, reads a contingency plan prepared by AIG Operations Sindh for Muharram.
Lahore security and traffic plan for Ashura
Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) LiaqatAli Malik on Saturday said that foolproof security and traffic arrangements had been finalised for the main procession route of Muharram 9 and 10. According to the plan, two SPs, Six DSPs, 72inspectors along with women traffic wardens and 1,351 wardens would perform their duties along the route of the main procession. All office staff would also be deputed on roads to facilitate the general public and no vehicle would be allowed to enter from any arteries on the procession route. Traffic would be diverted to alternative routes from different points.
Security beefed up in Peshawar ahead of Ashura
At least 12,000 policemen have been deployed in Peshawar capital under a comprehensive security plan. The entry points to the district particularly the urban areas have been further strengthened and the closed-circuited television cameras (CCTV) installed in a number of places to monitor any suspicious activity. Apart from the regular police, policewomen and officials in civvies have been deployed in different parts of Peshawar to keep a check on suspicious movement. Police have set up 64 entry points in the city where 268 policemen have been deployed while barricades were put up at 565 points in the provincial capital to check suspicious people. An aerial vigilant will also be conducted on the 9th and 10 Muharram in the provincial capital Peshawar, Kohat, Hangu and Dera Ismail Khan. For ensuring the provision of timely healthcare facilities during Muharram emergency has been declared in Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) by creating six operation theatres, putting 16 ambulances for dealing with any emergency besides deputed 422 persons on high alert.
218 processions declared sensitive in Hyderabad
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Hyderabad district Adeel Hussain Chandio has said some 218 mourning processions and majalis have been declared as sensitive in Hyderabad. He added, over 4,000 policemen would be deployed for security on the Muharram 10 in addition to the Rangers. A unit of Pakistan Army would be in a standby position for foolproof security. He said although there was no specific threat of a terrorist attack in Hyderabad, the security officials were ensuring stringent security to prevent any incident.