Ashura will be observed today (Saturday) with due solemnity to pay homage to Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and other martyrs of Karbala.
Alam, Zuljinah and taazia processions will be taken out in all cities and small towns of the country. In Lahore, the main procession will be taken out from the Nisar Havali which, after passing through its traditional route, will reach its destination, Karbala Gamay Shah. Rawalpindi’s main mourning procession will start from Imambargah Colonel Maqbool Hussain and culminate at Imambargah Qadeemi. The main procession in Karachi will be taken out from Nishtar Park and culminate at Imambargah Hussainia Iranian.
In Peshawar, over a dozen Alam, Zuljihan and taazia processions will be taken out. The main procession will be taken out from Qissa Khawani Imam Bargah Alamdaar. In Quetta, the main procession will be taken out from Alamdar Road. After passing through its traditional route it will end at the same point. All arrangements, including stepped-up security, have been made for Ashura. According to reports, Interior Ministry has directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to suspend cellular services in 68 districts across the country, including Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Gilgit-Baltistan.
In addition to the suspension of cellular services, a ban has also been imposed on pillion riding in several metropolitan cities in the country. On Friday, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah chaired a high-level meeting to oversee overall security arrangements in Sindh. The participants of the meeting discussed security situation during the month of Muharram, deployment of paramilitary forces and surveillance and intelligence system. Sindh home minister, chief secretary DG Rangers, IGP principal secretary to CM, home secretary, additional IG Karachi, additional IG counter-terrorism department, additional IG special branch and others attended the meeting. On Wednesday the provincial government had imposed a ban on pillion riding in various parts of Sindh, including Karachi.
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