Chehlum processions across the country amid tightened security

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KARACHI: The processions of Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) started in Karachi and other cities and towns of the country on Thursday amid strict security. The main procession of Chehlum of the martyrs of Karbala in Karachi would start from Nishtar Park at about 1:00 pm.Before the commencement of the procession, an Alam procession from Shah-e-Najaf Imambargah on Martin Road reached the Nishtar Park at around 9:00 am. A being held at the Nishtar Park prior to the main procession. The central procession would end at the Hussainian Iranian lmambargah in Kharadar after passing through Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto Road, Father Jaminis Road, Mehfil-e-Shah-e-Khurasan, MA Jinnah Road, Mansfield Street, Saddar Dawa Khana, Preedy Street, Tibet Chowk, Boulton Market, Bombay Bazaar, Kharadar and Nawab Mahabat Khanji Road. In Lahore central mourning procession started this morning from Haveli Alif Shah. The main procession of Chehlum in Quatta started from Rehmatullah Chowk at Alamdar Road. The mourning procession will culminate at Bahisht-e-Zainab Graveyard after passing through its traditional route. The routes of mourning processions have been sealed and stringent security measures have been taken across the country. The traffic police have announced a traffic diversion plan for the Chehlum procession in Karachi. According to the traffic diversion plan, all the vehicular traffic coming from the city side would be diverted towards Soldier Bazaar. All traffic coming from the Nazimabad side will be diverted from Lasbela towards Nishtar Road and the Zoological Garden. The traffic coming from the Liaquatabad would be diverted to Martin Road towards the Central Jail. The traffic coming from the Stadium Road would proceed via New M.A. Jinnah Road.