MULTAN/SARGODHA/KHANEWAL/MANDI BAHAUDDIN/CHINIOT/BAHAWAKL-PUR/SIALKOT/MUZAFFARGARH/HAFIZABAD/SAHIWAL/Noorpur Thal

Mourning processions and Majalis were held on Muharram 10 across the Punjab province amid tight security on Friday so as to pay tributes to Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions who were martyred by Yazeedi forces at Karbala.

The situation remained peaceful as no untoward incident was reported from any major area of South Punjab region and the masses exhibited religious harmony throughout the day. The security was put on red-alert by the district administration in Multan as over 5,000 cops and 4,000 national volunteers were deployed to maintain law and order in the district.

The faithful brought out about 470 mourning processions while 1,608 Majlis were held in different areas of Multan district on Yaum-e-Ashur. The processions of famous Tazias also brought out by Sunnis. Similarly, about 36 Tazia processions were taken out by Shias and they ended up at Karbala Shah Shamas.

The mourning processions were brought out from Astana Lal Shah Mashhadi, Nasarabad Imambargah Jawwadia, Haveli Mureed Shah, Suraj Miani (Imambargah Sher Shah), Hussainabad (Daulat Gate), Astana Koray Shah, Imambargah Azeem Shah (Thalla Sadat), Lal Kurti (Kashan-e-Shabbir), Kamangaranwala (Hussain Agahi), Kale Mandi, Imambargah Heera Hyderi, Imambargah Hussainia (Sutriwat) and some other Imambargahs of Multan. These processions joined the main procession and ended up at Darbar Hazrat Shah Shams Sabazwari in the evening.

The Rescue 1122, health department and civil defence volunteers established special camps in various parts of the city, where quick first aid was provided for the mourners injured during flagellation. The Wapda, Wasa and other departments also set up their camps to offer  services. In order to avert any untoward incident, Pak Army, police and other law enforcing agencies executed a joint security plan. Police troops patrolled the city throughout the day along with army and rangers.

The processions were given aerial security cover as low-flying helicopters continued hovering over the city throughout the day. The law enforcing agencies sealed Multan City and Cantonment areas while top security officials visited all areas along with other officials. Sources disclosed that dozens of close circuit cameras were installed on procession routes to keep an eye on anti-social elements. Similarly, police sealed all the roads leading to the main procession routes by putting barricades late on Thursday night.

Cops appointed at the entry points of Majalis and procession routes thoroughly frisked the participants. The entry of all vehicles remained banned in the sensitive areas and the parking lots were established at a considerable distance to avoid any untoward incident. Similarly, special pickets were established by police in different parts of the city. The entry and exit points of Multan, Bahawalpur, Jhang, Bhakkar, Dera Gazi Khan, Sahiwal, Lodhran and Khanewal were heavily guarded by the police. Motorway cops also remained on patrol throughout the day.

In Sargodha, more than 212 processions were taken out from different areas of the district. The main procession was taken out from Darul Uloon Muhammadia. It ended at Qarbala Imambargah on Eidgah Road. Fool proof security measures were adopted by the police and district administration.

In Khanewal, the day was observed amid tight security provided by tens of thousands of security personnel for the mourners. Huge gatherings of mourners paid homage to grandson of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him), Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions who sacrificed their lives in Karbala on Muharram 10 in the year 61 Hijri to preserve the spirit and teachings of Islam.

In the district, 87 processions were taken out from main Imambargahs. The main Zuljinnah procession was taken out from Imambargah Husainia situated in Block 11 and it culminated at Old Khanewal in the evening after passing through its traditional routes.

In Mandi Bahauddin, the local people praised the steps taken by the administration and the police to ensure fool proof security in city and other main town of the district including Phalia and Malikwal. Likewise, about 165 mourning processions were taken out in Muzaffargarh district while 278 Majalis were held amid tight security. Besides, two SPs, 7 DSPs, 90 inspectors, 300 ASIs, 375 head constables, 250 sub inspectors, 1,123 national volunteers, 1,099 constables, and two companies of Rangers were deployed. Moreover, 300 metal detectors and 10 walk-through gates were set up.

The procession taken out from Imambargha Mojharian marched on its traditional route in Rashid Halwai Chowk, Jamia Masjid, Chowk Tabkhain. The district police head said that police performed their duty and paid tributes to the greatest sacrifice of Imam Hussain (RA).

Also in Sialkot and Narowal districts, high security arrangements were made as police, volunteers and special police contingents escorted all the processions. Two processions were taken out in the city while the third one was taken out from Cantonment area.

In order to provide timely medical treatment for mourners, first-aid units were set up in the routes of processions. After passing through their traditional routes, the processions were terminated at their respective Imambraghas in the evening.

Quran Khawani was also held at various places for the martyrs of Karbala and food was distributed to the participants.

Addressing the processions, speakers highlighted the philosophy of the supreme sacrifice made by Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), the grandson of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad for upholding the truth, uprightness and for the glory of Islam.

"It is time that the Muslims should follow the golden principles of Hazrat Imam Hussain for promoting brotherhood and uphold the supremacy of Islamic principles.

In Hafizabad and Bahawalpur, the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain and his companions was observed and no untoward incident was reported.

Manshaullah Butt, the adviser to Punjab Chief Minister, Commissioner Shamail Ahmad Khawaja, RPO Saad Akhtar Bharwana and others supervised the security plan.

Addressing, 43rd Annual Shahadat-e-Imam Hussain (RA) Conference, Pir Syed Wasimul Hassan Naqvi, chairman of Jamaat Al-Suffah, said that Islam teaches brotherhood, patience, forbearance and called upon the participants to seek aspiration from the supreme sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions.

Processions were taken out from different localities and gathered at Multani Chowk after passing through traditional routes where speakers highlighted the importance of the day.

In Sahiwal, the main procession was taken out from Imambargah Qasr-e-Batool which march though Depalpur Bazaar, Pakpattan Bazaar, Jinnah Chowk, Liaqat Chowk, Golchakar and Faridia Road.

Chiniot mourners observed the day and renewed the pledge to fight against all type of evil forces for the glory of Islam. Nine world-famous Tazias were taken out from different places of city.

In Noorpur Thal, Youm-e-Ashur was observed with reverence and religious fervor to pay homage to Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions for the supreme sacrifices rendered for upholding truth, justice and righteousness across Noopur Thal tehsil.

Strict security arrangements were made around Imamnbargahs and routes of mourning processions and other sensitive places across the tehsil. Tazias, Alams and Zuljinnah processions were taken out in Noorpur Thal, Rangpur Baghoor, Adhi Kot, Jamali, Khatwan, Jaura Kalan and Sath Shahni and other villages of Thal that passed through designed routes. Police pickets had been established on entry and exists points of the city and other main town where every participant of the procession and Majlis-e-Azha was checked. Hospital had been asked to remain alert to deal with any emergency situation. A large number of people visited graveyards during Youm-e-Ashur to pray for the departed souls of their loved ones.