The 9th of Muharram was observed across the country on Friday with due solemnity and sanctity to pay homage to the sacrifices of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his companions in Karbala.
Taziya, Alam and Zuljanah processions weree taken out in all major cities and towns across the country today in the memory of martyrs of Karbala and Nohas, marsiayas along with throbbing sounds of self-flagellation will echo around the streets.
Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A), along with 72 of his companions including friends and family members, were martyred at the hand of Yazid’s troops at the battle of Karbala in Iraq in 61 AH (680 AD) after Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A) rejected to pledge allegiance for Yazid despotic rule.
On these days, religious clerics and scholars would shed light over the historical, social and religious aspects of supreme sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA). Moreover, the bright and candid teachings of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his great companions would also be emphasised through majalis. The remembrance of the event encourage muslims to inculcate those principles in practical life.
The devotees held main processions from imambargahs across the country to observe 9th of Muharram with religious fervour and sanctity to pay tribute to Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A) and his companions in Karbala.
Security was beefed up across the country for the mourning processions and majalis. Law enforcers including police and Rangers along with ladies and gents scouts were deployed all along the route of the main processions. 1685 security personnel were deployed to secure Islamabad’s main procession whereas in Lahore around 17000 security personnel along with surveillance cameras will be used for security purposes.
The government has decided to suspend mobile phone service in Karachi, Islamabad and in 14 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Police have been deployed in all sensitive areas and all roads leading to the Imambargahs had been blocked by police and anyone wants to join the mourners were strictly checked. Interim CM Punjab along with Chief secretary and IGP Punjab visited various procession hotspots to check the security arrangements.