Today, processions are being organized in the country on the occasion of the 40th death anniversary of Imam Hussain (R.A) and his companions.
Meetings and processions are being held in different cities of the country to express love and devotion to the martyrs of Karbala.
In Karachi, the main routes and shops where religious processions will be held have been blocked through placing containers. Roads amid Nishtar Park and Husseiniya Iranian Imambargah have also been blocked.
Pillion riding also got banned in various cities of Sindh while private and government educational institutions are closed in Karachi.
Also, the government of Punjab announced ban on pillion riding for one day.
Mobile phone service in Lahore is partially affected while mobile phone service in Quetta will be closed from 8 am to 5 pm.
Earlier on August 19, Youm-e-Ashur, the tenth of Muharram, was observed across the country with due solemnity to pay homage to the great sacrifice rendered by Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), his family members and devoted companions in Karbala.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were also issued for the mourning processions to avoid spread of COVID-19.
Ulema and Zakireen highlighted the bright and candid teachings of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and various aspects of Karbla tragedy.
In the Federal Capital the main procession of Taazia and Zuljinah were taken out from Markazi Imambargah G-6/2 which will conclude at the same place after passing through the traditional route.
Elaborate security arrangements were made to avoid any untoward incident during the mourning processions.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed had said all security related departments were fully alert for maintenance of law and order situation on the occasion of Ashura.
“Additional security personnel have been deployed for the security of mourning processions. The mobile service has temporarily been suspended at some places for the security of the people,” he had said while addressing a news conference in Islamabad.
The minister had asked the participants of the processions to adhere to the SOPs to avoid the spread of COVID-19.