Youm-e-Ashur, the 10th Muharram-ul-Haram, has been observed today throughout the country with due solemnity and sanctity to commemorate and to pay homage to the sacrifices of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions for upholding the truth. Alam Zuljinah and Taazia processions were being taken out in all small and big towns across the country to mark Ashura under strict security measures. The Ulemas and Zakireen highlighted the teachings of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA).
In Punjab, about 200,000 civil armed forces’ personnel, mainly police, were being deployed in different sensitive-declared districts for the security of Ashura processions and majalis. 32 companies of Pakistan Army were also deployed. More than 6,300 policemen and 10 companies each from Army and Rangers were being deployed in Rawalpindi to provide security to 113 Majalis and 65 Ashura processions that were being taken out from different imam-Bargahs. Walk-though gates and hundreds of CCTV cameras were also being installed at different points to monitor the processions. Link roads were sealed to ensure the safety of mourners.
In Karachi, central procession was being taken out from Nishtar Park and concluded at Maghrib at Hussainia Iranian Imam-Bargah. Civil armed forces, backed by the Pakistan Army, were being deployed to ensure a peaceful and incident-free Ashura. The metro-police was also there on high alert. Roads were sealed off with containers while snipers were present on the roofs of high buildings in the city. Heli-cams were also being used to monitor the processions from the air.
Cameras were installed at 275 different places to monitor the processions and more than 15,000 policemen, backed by Pakistan Army were being deployed to ensure safety of the mourners. Corp Commander Karachi Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar also visited the Rangers Headquarters in Karachi to review the security situation. DG Rangers briefed the Corp Commander over the security arrangements made in the routes of the processions.