LAHORE - The Chehlum of Imam Hussain (RA) and other martyrs of Karbala concluded peacefully on Thursday evening with several Zuljinah and Tazia processions.

Strict security measures were made on the occasion as thousands of policemen were deployed along the routes of the processions and at Majalis sites. Cellular service also remained blocked in the surrounding areas of the processions.

Every year, the 20th of Safar is observed as Chehlum of Imam Hussain and his family and companions who died in the battle of Karbala in 61AH.

Scholars and orators, in their speeches, stressed the need for religious and interfaith harmony, as this was the basic message of Karbala.

Small and large processions of Zuljinah and Tazia were taken out from Mochi Gate, Model Town, Islampura, Dharampura, Thokar Niaz Baig, Baghbanpura, Imamia Colony, Jafria Colony and Nawab Town.

The main and historical procession was taken out from the Heveli Alif Shah located in the Walled City, which concluded at Karbala Gamay Shah. The procession passed through its traditional route of Masjid Wazir Khan, Pani Wala Talab, Rang Mehal, Bazar-e-Hakeeman, and Bhati Gate.

Meanwhile, police and other law enforcement agencies made foolproof security arrangement as mourners were allowed to enter the routes and Majalis after being checked thrice by policemen and volunteers. CCTV cameras were also installed along the procession routes, which were monitored at special control room set up at DCO office. The roads leading to Majalis and routes were also closed by barbed wires. DIG Operations Haider Ashraf also visited the main procession and monitored the security arrangements.

Medical camps were also established by Rescue 1122 as they provided first aid to mourners. Besides, the volunteers and different religious organisations also set up medical camps 224 CCTV cameras have been installed and central control room has been set up in District Coordination Officer’s office monitored the central procession.

All the routes leading towards the procession were sealed by placing barricades, barbed wires and containers. 8000 police officers were appointed on routes that will be used by the procession.

Participants were only allowed to join the procession after they were searched using metal detectors and walk through gates. 500 officers and traffic wardens were appointed to maintain smooth flow of traffic.