Ashura was solemnly observed throughout the country on Tuesday to pay tribute to Imam Husain and other martyrs of Karbala in the midst of strict security to protect the mourners from any unfavorable incident.
Processions were carried out in several cities while thousands of security personnel protected the mourners.
In Karachi, the main procession of Ashura began in Nishtar Park and concluded in Hussainian Iranian Imambargah in Kharadar. According to the latest update of the IGP Operating Room at the Central Police Office (CPO), the head of the procession was in Hussainian Iranian Imambargah in Kharadar.
Accompanied by Sindh Information Minister Saeed Ghani, Prime Minister Murad Ali Shah arrived in the New Preedy Street Lines area, where he led the procession.
The provincial police chief, Dr. Syed Kaleem Imam, reviewed police deployments and security arrangements on several routes.
Before Ashura, the police and the Rangers claimed to have taken steps to ensure the safety of the main procession in the city.
"Infallible security measures have been taken for the main procession of the tenth Muharram on Tuesday (today). The procession would begin early around 7:30 a.m. and culminate in Kharadar around 4 p.m.," said DIG-East Amir Farooqi.
He had said that 7,000 police and 3,000 Rangers personnel would be deployed for the security of the procession in the city. Aerial surveillance, through drone cameras, of the main procession would also be carried out.
Authorities said the mobile phone service would also be suspended in certain parts of the city and other parts of the province at the request of the DIGs / commissioners concerned. In the metropolis the prohibition of riding in the passenger seat was also imposed.
In Lahore, the main procession began in Nisar Haveli at midnight and culminated after passing through the Mochi Gate, the Mori Gate, the Wazir Khan Mosque and the Paniwala Talaab areas. Namaz-i-Zuhrain was offered in Rung Mehal.
The procession culminated in Karbala Gamay Shah.
More than 8,000 police officers were deployed in the city. At least 14 police superintendents, 24 deputy police superintendents and 87 inspectors were also deployed. The Lahore police special security unit, the Riot Force, the Dolphin Squad and the Police Response Unit were also on duty.
In addition, barbed wires and barriers were placed on the roads leading to the main procession. The snipers had positioned themselves on the roofs of the buildings on the procession route. Procession attendees were allowed entry after security checks.
Mobile services were also suspended in areas where the procession passed.
The procession in Quetta has also reached its destination. Namaz-i-Zuhrain was offered in the Bacha Khan Chowk area. In the midst of strict security, the procession began from Alamdar Road, passed through traditional routes before culminating in the Alamdar Road area of Marriabad.
Strict security arrangements were made throughout Balochistan to observe Ashura with more than 5,500 police officers deployed to maintain order. Frontier Corps personnel were placed in sensitive places and at checkpoints to avoid any unpleasant incidents.
Dozens of small processions were taken to the city and all gathered on Alamdar Road.
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Earlier, Balochistan Interior Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove visited the central police office where a control room had been established to monitor all the processions that would join the main Ashura procession in Panjabi Imambargah.
According to Pakistan Radio, the main procession in Rawalpindi emerged from the colonel of Imambargah Maqbool Hussain and culminated in Imambargah Qadeemi in the Bani area.
The procession routes were dotted with he knows posts that provide water, milk and tea to the mourners.
Strict security arrangements were made with passage doors and CCTV cameras installed to verify the entry and exit of people. Metro bus services had also been suspended in the city.
In Peshawar, multiple Ashura processions were carried out and concluded after going through the traditional routes.
According to Radio Pakistan, Mobile phone services had been suspended in the city as part of security measures.