LAHORE - Youm-e-Ashur, the martyrdom day of the Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) grandson Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS), his family members and companions in Karbala was observed with fervor and reverence across the country including the City on Tuesday amid elaborate security arrangements along with ban on pillion riding and blockage of cell phones. No untoward incident was reported from anywhere in Lahore.  

The main Zuljinah procession emerged from Nisar Haveli in the Walled City on Monday that culminated at Karbala Gamay Shah on Tuesday evening after passing through traditional route. Several Tazia, Alam and Zuljinah processions taken out from various localities joined the main procession at different places. On the conclusion of the procession, Majlis-e-Sham-e-Ghariban was arranged at Karbala Gamay Shah that continued throughout the night. Zakirs described the events, agony and pain of family and companions of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS), causing the participants to cry, mourn and weep. They shed light over the historical, social and religious aspects of supreme sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS).

The security personnel were deployed along routes of Tazia, Alam and Zuljinnah processions and venues of Majaalis to avoid any untoward incident. The routes of the processions were sealed and monitored through CCTV cameras. All the participants were thoroughly searched and allowed entry after passing through walk through gates. Mobile medical units and ambulances provided first aid during the Zuljinnah processions. The procession passed from its route including Mohallah Chehel Bibian Imambargah Syed Wajid Ali Shah, Lakkar Mandi, Imambargah Mehdi Shah, Mobarak Haveli, Chowk Nawab Sahab, Kuch Qazi Khan, Imambargah Molvi Feroze Ali, Kucha Miskinan, Mohallah Pir Gilanian, Imambargah Rajab Ali Shah, Chohata Mufti Baqar, Chowk Purani Kotwali, Kashmiri Bazar, Sunehri Masjid, Dabbi Bazar, Suha Bazar, Gumti Bazar, Said Mitha Bazar, Tehsil Bazar, Bazar Hakiman, Unchi Masjid and Bhaati Chowk.

Policemen were deployed all along the route of main Zuljinnah procession and were also taking positions at the rooftops of the building along both sides to monitor the procession. Special gates for scanning explosives and weapons were also placed at different entry points. Apart from that Army and police helicopters monitored the situation. Rangers vehicles kept patrolling the roads in the close vicinity of procession route and in sensitive areas. The residents of the buildings along the route were barred from opening their windows and coming to roofs but women and children were allowed to watch the procession from windows.

A number of Sabeels of juices, milk and cool water were set up along the route to facilitate the mourners. The administration put up extra lights along the route which not only brightened the area but also provided a sense of security to the participants. Town officials also kept inspecting the situation at different points of the route.