9th Muharram-Ul-Haram procession ends peacefully in Peshawar, KP

PESHAWAR: The Central ‘Alm and Zuljinah’ procession that was taken out from Imambargah Hussainia Hall in cantonment to pay tributes to Shaheed-e-Karbala for their matchless sacrifice for supremacy of Islam, was peacefully culminated here Saturday afternoon amid tight security.

The main Zuljinnah procession on 9th Muharram, started from Imam Bargah Hussainia Hall Saturday morning and went through the prescribed route. The mourners performed Zuhar and Asar prayer at Kalabari Fawara Chowk and offered special dua for progress and prosperity of Muslims Ummah, Pakistan and martyrs of Karbala.

The participants of the procession recited ‘Nauhas’ to pay tributes to the martyrs of Karbala and passed through the specified route-Saddar Road, Kalabari, Fawwara Chowk. Holding alams and beating their chests, the mourners reassembled at the Hussainia Hall in Saddar. Water tanks (Sabeel) had been arranged across the route of the procession.

Before the procession, the mourners gathered at the mosques where their cleric delivered sermons on the importance of the 9th Ashura Muharram and sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and other martyrs of Karbala.

The second main Zuljinnah procession was brought out from the Mohallah Bibi Zikree in the afternoon. The participants of the procession were holding alams and they were reciting Nauhas.

They flagellated themselves while passing through different roads and streets of the old city. The procession concluded at the Imambargah Bibi Zikree Sahiba in the evening. The entire city was sealed and no vehicle was allowed to enter the cantonment.

The procession went peacefully and after going through various routes

ended at the same Imam Bargah Hussainia Hall. Heavy contingent of police, Quick Response Force (QRF) and other law enforcing agencies were high alert to deal with any untoward incident.

Security has been tightened around as all the entries have been kept

under vigilant check besides walk through gates and closed circuit cameras have also been installed en-route Zuljinah procession and Majalis venues.

CCPO Peshawar Mohammad Tahir Khan visited cantonment area and monitored the security arrangements for the Zuljinah procession along with other personnel from law enforcing agencies.

In addition to aerial surveillance, the ‘Azadars’ went pass through scanners and metal detectors to ensure their safety.

Like elsewhere, Ashar-e-Muharram Majalis and Zuljinnah processions of 9th Mohrram were also taken out in all major cities of Khyber Pakthunkhwa to commemorate the supreme sacrifices rendered by Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) along with his companions in the scorching heat in the desert at Karbala

for supremacy of Islam. Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and honourable members of his family laid down their lives to defend and up hold the glory of the great Divine religion of Islam.

Thousands of mourners along with children and women participated in the processions and majalis. Exceptional security blanket in Peshawar for Muharram was taken as Provincial capital was virtually sealed while Army and FC remain remained in standby for aid of civil administration.

Foolproof security measures have been taken in most sensitive districts

of DIKhan, Hangu, Kohat, Mansehra, Kuram Agency’s city of Parachinar and Aurakzai Agency. Information Minister Shah Farman said around 7000 policemen have been deployed in Peshawar for Ashora Muharram. He said FC and Army has been put on standby for any toward situation and emergency in Govt hospitals enforced while staff holidays were cancelled.

Hussainia Hall in cantonment from where the main Alm and Zuljinah procession was taken out Saturday was also sealed from all side. Similarly the Alm and Zuljinah procession on 10th of Muharram would be brought out from Qissa Khawani bazaar on Saturday as police have made foolproof security arrangements for 10th of Moharam in Khyber Pakthunkhwa.

A senior Police Official told reporter that all possible measures had been adopted to secure lives of people. He said that the routes of procession had fully been protected. The Hussainia Scouts also set up medical camps and provided water and tea to mourners at different spots. The procession ended peacefully.