Muharram processions conclude peacefully

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APP34-30 ISLAMABAD: September 30 - Mourners touches the Alam during main Zuljinnah procession taken out from Markazi Imambargah on 9th of Holy Month of Muharramul Harram. Muharram is the mourning month in remembrance of the Shahadat of Imam Hussain (RA) the grandson of the Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). APP photo by Irshad Sheikh

ISLAMABAD, Sept 30 (APP): Around 18 religious processions Saturday were taken
out on 9th Muharram ul Haram in different parts of the city in memory of sacrifice of
Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS), his family and companions.
The main procession started from Markazi Imambargah Sector G-6/2 and
culminated at the same place after passing through its traditional route.
Thousands of mourners and devotees participated in the processions in
memory of the supreme sacrifice made by Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his family for
Islam.
According to Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration, the
procession was taken out from Markazi Imambargah G-6/2 and it culminated at the
same place after passing through Lal Quarter G-6/2 chowk, Lal Masjid, Municipal Chowk.
Maghrib prayers were offered by the devotees and then procession
headed towards Melody chowk and culminated at Markazi Imambargah.
During the processions, the mourners recited ‘noohas and mirsiyas’.
The second big procession of the 9th Muharram-ul-Haram started from
Imambargah Imam Moosa Kazim in sector I-10 at 12.00 pm and concluded around 7.00
pm after passing through the defined route.
As many as 12,000 personnel of Islamabad Police and Rangers provided
security to processions and religious gatherings in the city.
Capital Development Authority, Rescue 1122, hospitals and civil defence
department remained alert to face any untoward situation.
Security cameras, walk through gates and metal detectors were used on entry and
exit points of processions and gatherings to protect the processions.
Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) had devised a traffic plan for processions in the federal
capital to ensure smooth flow of traffic on roads.
Over 2,000 police officers were deputed during the procession assisted by troops of
the Pakistan Rangers.
All roads leading towards G-6/2 as well as the 7th Avenue were closed for
traffic.
Helicopter support, mobile jammers, and armoured personnel carriers remained
present in order to assist law enforcers throughout the procession.
The procession route was cordoned off with tents and the participants were allowed
to enter the processions after complete checking.
Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Sajid Kiani and other senior police and
ICT officers visited the site to review the on-ground security situation.
A police spokesman said around 600 officials in civilian clothes were also deployed on
the occassion.
All roads leading to the site of the procession were blocked but the
Islamabad Traffic Police made special arrangements to divert traffic to
alternative routes.
The processions ended successfully and SSP Islamabad Sajid Kiani has
appreciated the performance of his force which ensured extra-ordinary security
measures on the day for peaceful conclusion of the processions.
He said that close liaison was maintained with peace committees and
organizers of Majalis and processions.
Cooperation of organizers was ensured with the police and law enforcing
officials.
During last ten days, he said hundreds of religious gatherings (Majalis) and
processions were held in the city and strict security arrangements on these occasions
and special checking of participants was ensured.