The tenth of Muharram, Yaum-e-Ashur is being observed today with sobriety to pay homage to Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions who laid down their lives in Karbala.
According to the details, processions underway in different cities to mourn the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
Majalis (Religious Gatherings) will be held across the country where ulema will highlighting the philosophy of Karbala and pay tributes to the martyrs.
Strict security arrangements have been put in place to thwart off any unwanted incident, while Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been issued for the mourning processions after consultations with the religious scholars to stem the spread of coronavirus.
The day will start with special prayers at mosques and Imambargahs while all markets and business centers will remain closed on the occasion of Ashura.
In Karachi, the main procession will begin at Nishtar Park and travel to the Imambargah Hussaina Iranian.
In Lahore, it will begin at the Nisar Haveli and finish at Karbala Jam-e-Shah.
In Faisalabad, the procession will start off from Aza Khana Shabbir while in Peshawar it begins from the Agha Syed Ali Shah Rizvi Al Maroof Jan Imambargah.
Quetta’s main procession starts on Alamdar Road and its route has been entirely sealed.
Mobile Phone Services
Mobile phone service across the country has been suspended and pillion riding has been banned as security measures for the processions.
In Sindh, cellular services were suspended for 8, 9, and 10 Muharram.
The Islamabad-Rawalpindi Metro Bus faced partial suspensions on Muharram 9 and 10 as well.
Security along the procession routes is very strict and everyone being allowed to enter is subject to a body search first.
In Rawalpindi, the main procession starts from Imambargah Ashiq Hussain at 11 am. Three big processions will join together and on Sabzi Mandi Road two more will join in.
The procession will cross Jamia Masjid Road and end in Imambargah Mohalla at around 10 pm. The route has been sealed with portable gates and containers and the bomb disposal squad is clearing the route ahead of the procession.