LAHORE: The Youm-e-Shahadat of Hazrat Ali (RA) was observed across the country including the City on Friday with zeal and reverence amid elaborate security arrangements. Besides holding mourning processions and Majlis-e-Aza, religious organisations arranged seminars and symposia to pay homage to the fourth caliph of Islam.  In Lahore, the main procession was taken out from Mubarik Haveli and it culminated at Karbala Gammay Shah before Iftar after passing through the traditional route of Mochi Gate, Bazar Hakeeman, Paniwala Talab, Rang Mehal and Bhatti Chowk. A heavy contingent of police escorted the procession to avoid any untoward incident. All shops on the route remained closed throughout the day. The traffic was diverted to alternative routes that slowed down vehicular movement on nearby arteries until Iftar.–Staff Reporter