Strict security measures are being taken across the country as mourners observe 9th of Muharram with due solemnity and sanctity in memory of the seventh-century martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Processions will be taken out today in all small and large cities across the country. Meanwhile, the government has deployed police, rangers and army personnel as part of security measures across the country, especially in sensitive areas.
Mobile networks have been suspended in most areas across the country and internet service has also been disrupted in sensitive areas to ensure foolproof security as the country has seen a raft of attacks at imambargahs and processions in the past. Further, a ban on pillion riding has also been imposed.
To contain the crowds, the administration has blocked the roads by erecting containers and other obstacles, including barbed wire on the routes of the processions, while sealing the central areas from all sides and visitors are being allowed to enter after passing through the walk-through gates.
According to sources, the main procession of the 9th of Muharram in the federal capital today will leave Imambargah Asna Ashri G6/2 and end at the same place.
Details regarding the suspension of mobile phone service have been issued by the Islamabad administration, according to which, on 9th and 10th of Muharram, services in the areas of G6, G7, G8 and G9 will be suspended from 9am till midnight. While in I10 and surrounding areas mobile phone services will be closed from 10am to 6pm on the 9th of Muharram and from 10am to4 pm on 10th of Muharram. Furthermore, on 11th Muharram, mobile phone service will be intercepted from 9am to 10pm in the areas of Bari Imam.
Meanwhile, alternative routes have been announced for Muharram processions in the federal capital. In this regard, maps have also been released on social networking websites.
According to Express News, the main procession on the occasion of 9th Muharram in Karachi will leave from Nishtar Park at 1pm, which will pass through MA Jinnah Road, Sadar’s Empress Market and Tibet Center and end at Imambargah Hussainiya Iraniyan in Kharadar.
The main procession in the provincial capital of Punjab will start from Islampura’s Pandu Street and pass through the designated routes to end back at its starting point.
Meanwhile, the main procession of the 9th of Muharram in Peshawar will begin from Imam Bargah Hussainiya Hall.
In Quetta, the main procession will take place from Mekangi Road.