Youm-i-Ashur observed with due reverence

KARACHI: As elsewhere, Youm-i-Ashur- the 10th of Muharram, was observed in the metropolis on Sunday with due reverence to pay homage to the supreme sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions at Karbala.

The main mourning procession in Karachi was taken out in the morning from Nishter Park after a Majalis that was addressed by Allama Shahanshah Hussain Naqvi.

The participants offered the ‘Namaz-i-Zuhrain’ at the Tibet Centre near Saddar.

After passing through its traditional route the procession culminated in evening at Husanian Iranian, Kharadar peacefully.

The law enforcement agencies (LEAs) made foolproof security arrangements on the occasion.

The entire route was sealed with the containers to check the entry of any unauthorized persons.

Sharp shooters of police were posted on top the buildings along the route of the main mourning procession in the metropolis.

The Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah, accompanied by the Home Minister, Suhail Anwar Siyal and Inspector General of Police (IGP) A.D. Khawaja, visited the main mourning procession and inspected the security arrangements.

Director General of Pakistan Rangers Sindh, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Saeed, also visited, reviewed the security arrangements and expressed his satisfaction.

Some 10,000 policemen and 6,000 Rangers personnel were deployed for the security duty.

The mobile telephone service in the city remained suspended since morning. There was also restriction on pillion riding in the metropolis as part of the security measures.

The main mourning procession was also monitored through the close circuit television cameras.

Various social welfare organizations had set up ‘Sabeels’ along the route of the procession to offer water, ‘Sharbat’, ‘Langar’ and ‘Niaz’ etc.

Medical camps were also established for making available any required assistance to the participants. People also gave blood donations.

There was also a free shuttle service for the elderly, women and children.

Arrangements were also made by the traffic police for the smooth flow of traffic.