The federal government has announced two public holidays on account of Ashura (Muharram 9 and 10) which falls on August 29 and 30.
According to the details, the Ministry of Interior has also issued a notification in this regard which states that all public and semi-government institutions will remain closed during these days.
The federal and provincial governments have announced strict security measures for the mourning processions, which are taken out to observe Ashura.
In different cities, the district administrations have imposed ban on pillion riding on Muharram 9 and 10.
On the other hand, the latest mobile application has been developed to ensure strict security during Muharram-ul-Haram in Peshawar.
According to the superintendent of police (SP) city, details of Muharram processions’ routes and deployment of the police is installed in the app. Furthermore, all CCTV cameras are also installed in the app.
The app will help the police to monitor processions and Majalis online and deter any untoward incident.
In the Islamic lunar calendar, Muharram is the first month of the year thus the new year begins with the sighting of the crescent of this month. Shia Muslims observe this a month of mourning worldwide.
Last week, the Punjab government had imposed a ban on pillion riding for 9th and 10th of the Islamic month across the province.
The ban had been imposed under section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code.
According to sources, the ban shall not be applicable to women, children, senior citizens, journalists, personnel of law enforcement agencies and security agencies in uniform.
Yesterday, the Punjab Police had sought deployment of military troops in the province for maintaining law and order situation during the holy month.