KARACHI - The Muharram procession was taken out here on Tuesday (9th of Muharram) amid tight security.

Mobile services remained suspended on the procession routes.

Large number of mourners, including women and children, participated in the main procession that began from the Shah-e-Khurasan Imambargah, Nishtar Park, and after passing through its traditional routes, culminated at Imambargha Hussainian Iranian. Before the procession began from Nishtar Park, Allama Talib Jauhri addressed the Majlis-e-Aza.

In his address, he highlighted the matchless sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions.

Paying homage to the martyrs of Karbala, Jauhri said the mission of Imam Hussain (RA) is distinctly unique and revolutionary in nature.

He stressed the need for reviving the spirit of the sacrifices given by Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions to save Islam. Jauhri said that sacrifices of Karbala martyrs are still remembered across the world.

He urged the mourners to follow in the footsteps of Imam, and bring the Muslims out of turmoil.

After passing through Mehfil-e-Shah Khurasaan, Saddar, Preedy Street, Baba-e-Urdu Road and MA Jinnah Road, the procession culminated at Hussainian Iranian Imambargah in Kharadar peacefully.

Scores of workers associated with Imamia Student Organisation (ISO) held a protest demonstration at MA Jinnah Road outside Imambargha Ali Raza, after Zuhr prayers against America and Israel, set flags of these two countries on fire and chanted slogans.

Heavy contingents of law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) were deployed to protect the main procession and Majalis venues while surveillance was also conducted through closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

Security agencies also monitored the processions from above. All the shops in Saddar and along the procession routes were closed by placing containers. Furthermore the roads linking procession routes and Majalis venues were also closed.

Security personnel were also positioned at buildings’ rooftops to monitor proceedings of the procession.

A large number scouts of different organisations were also part of the security cover. The whole route of procession was cordoned off while each and every person and vehicle was checked before it joined the procession.

Traffic flow remained undisturbed, as both 9th and 10th Muharram are public holidays.

The Sindh government had also announced alternate routes for the procession. According to security agencies, around 30000 personnel of police and Rangers were deployed on the route of procession and other sensitive locations of the city. Total 19000 policemen were deputed, out of which more than 6000 cops were deployed to provide security to the procession.

The Sindh government has declared 1,229 majalis, 384 mourning processions and 188 tazia processions as most sensitive all over the province for which there would be a three-layer security cordon.

Sindh IGP AD Khawaja and Rangers Sindh DG Major General Bilal Akber visited the procession route and expressed satisfaction over the security arrangements.

Sindh IGP AD Khawaja also visited the police Command and Control Center. Moreover, the Sindh Health Department and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) have declared emergency at all public sector hospitals of Karachi and ordered doctors, paramedics to be on duty to handle any sort of emergency.