QUETTA, Aug 09 (APP): Youm-e-Ashura, the 10th Muharram observed with reverence and religious solemnity in major cities of Balochistan including Quetta, Sibi, Jaffarabad, Nasirabad, Sohbatpur, Mach, Khuzdar, Loralai and other areas on Tuesday.
Alam, Zuljinah, and Tazia processions were taken out in all major cities of the province.
The main Ashura procession was taken out in the provincial metropolis where Dastas of 62 Imambargahs reached Alamdar Road at morning and the procession departed towards its traditional routes including Alamdar Road, Mission Road, Mizan Chowk, Liaqat Bazaar, Prince Road, Mecongy Road, which will back to Alamdar Road by evening where the procession culminated in the city.
Razakars (volunteers) of Balochistan Shia Conference were also performing duties on entry points and searched bodies of participants in collaboration with personnel of law enforcement agencies.
Free medical camps were set up for mourners while volunteers of other Imambargahs established “Sabeels” at different places on routes of the procession where they served the mourners with water and tea.
Speaking on the occasion, scholars of Shia community and others called upon the Ummah to shun sectarianism, terrorism and conflicts which disintegrate the Ummah. They called for steps to prevent such conspiracies against the Ummah.
Meanwhile strict security arrangements were made on the eve of Ashura in the city.
Over 7000 security forces including police, Levies Force, Frontier Corps and other security personnel were deployed to maintain law and order and avert any untoward incident, while three battalions of Pakistan Army were remained standby for ensuring foolproof security in the area.
A total of 68 check posts have been set up on routes of 62 Imambargahs to ensure the security of faithful in the city.
Army Aviation helicopter hovered over the sky from early Sunday morning and made aerial surveillance of the traditional routes of the procession.
All shops, hotels, and houses located on traditional routes of the procession were sealed on Sunday to ensure safe passage of the procession.
All roads, side-lanes, and streets leading to the main routes of the procession had also been closed and sealed by parking trucks and erecting tents and barricades on their entry points to ensure prevention of entry of any irrelevant person or miscreant in the procession.
Over 63 CCTV cameras were already installed at different places on the main routes of Ashura procession and other sensitive places to keep constant vigil and monitor the procession in the city.
Mobile services have been suspended from early morning till 12 pm in 12 district of Balochistan for security reasons on the occasion of 10th Muharram-ul-Haram in Balochistan.
Chief Minister Balochistan Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo stressed upon people to flow in the footsteps of the martyrs of Karbala ad prepare themselves to face the new challenges created due to conspiracies of the Zionist force against Muslims during his massages issued here on the occasion of Youm-e-Ashura.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Balochistan Abdul Aziz Uqaili reviewed security measures of 10th Muharram procession on Saturday at Central Police Office (CPO) in order to ensure security steps for mourners in the city.