Ashura being observed with solemnity today

ISLAMABAD: The Yaum-e-Ashur is being observed across the country with religious solemnity and reverence today (Tuesday) to pay homage to the sacrifices of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his 72 companions to uphold the truth.

Alam, Zuljinnah and Taazia processions are being taken out in all the big and small towns across the country. A number of social and political organisations as well as individuals will establish stalls and Sabeels of juices and water on the routes of the processions to facilitate the faithful in every nook and corner of the country.

The scholars will highlight the teachings of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and various aspects of the Karbala tragedy. As usual it will be an unparalleled manifestation of complete unity, cohesion and brotherhood as a result of which absolute companionship will be evident ever since the first days of Muharramul Haram. Elaborate security measures have been taken by the government with the deployment of thousands of military, paramilitary and police forces to avoid any untoward incident across the country. Police pickets have been established on all entry and exit points of the processions while hospitals have also been put on alert to deal with any emergency.

In Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan, all the roads leading to Imambargahs will be guarded through special deployment and strict security has been ensured for the processions.

The mobile phone services will be suspended in the major cities of the country as part of security arrangements for the Yaum-e-Ashur. The services will be suspended in Karachi, Sukkur, Hyderabad, Jacobabad, Kashmore, Khairpur, Shikarpur, Peshawar, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Bhukkur, Quetta and other cities and will be restored late at night after the Muharram processions culminate.

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