APP21-02 ISLAMABAD: December 02 – A large number of mourners attending the Chehlum procession of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A). APP photo Afzaal Chaudhry

LAHORE,Dec 2 (APP): Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) would be observed on Thursday with religious zeal and reverence amid heightened security.
The event marks the culmination of a 40-day mourning period after the tenth of Moharram the martyrdom date of  Imam Hussain and his 72 companions in 680 A.D. Mourning processions with Alam,Tazia and Zuljinah would be taken out in the city to mark
the day.Foolproof security arrangements have been made to provide security
to Chehlum processions.The main Chehlum procession will be taken out from Haveli Alf Din,inside Mochhi Gate. Other smaller mourning processions will be also be taken out from
various parts of the city. A ban on pillion riding has already been imposed across Punjab.
Extra contingents of Rangers, police and police commandos have been deployed along the routes of the processions and Imam bargahs in sensitive areas in the city.
Meanwhile,Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said
all possible measures had been adopted to maintain peace and
public order during Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A).
He said the police and other law enforcement agencies
have been asked to make foolproof security arrangements for
Chehlum day.He said that indiscriminate action would be taken
against those found involved in fanning sectarian hatred.
A control room in DCO office has been established while
video camera recording of processions would be done. some 11
power feeders on the route of main procession have been
exempted from load shedding,while backup plan has also been
devised for Chehlum.Law enforcement agencies will carry out
sweeping of routes while houses and shops in procession
routes were being checked.