MULTAN/HAFIZABAD-The Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and other martyrs of Karbala was observed with religious fervour and solemnity here on Monday.

The day past peacefully amid tight security as no untoward incident took place anywhere. Police carried out flag march while troops were deployed in different sensitive areas of Multan.

About a dozen processions of Alam and Zuljinnah were brought out by the mourners from different parts of city while majalis-e-Aza were held in Imambargahs under tight security. The security apparatus was put on red-alert by the district administration to avert any unhappy incident. The participants of Chehlum were frisked with metal detectors by the security officials while walk through gates were installed at those imambargahs where majlis-e-aza were held.

The majalis-e-aza followed by processions of Alam and Zuljinnah were held at imam bargahs Shah Gardez, Jawadiya inside Delhi Gate, Haweli Murid Shah inside Bohar Gate, Syed Allah Bakhsh Aimanabad, Chowk Shah Abbas and Sooraj Miani. The mourners self-flagellated with sharp knives mounted on chains, blades and swords during the processions.

A central control room was set up at the DCO office where focal persons appointed by all departments for Chehlum duty remained present throughout the day. The control room was connected with all other outlets through wireless and landline telephone.

The district health department and Rescue 1122 service established medical camps at the routes of Chehlum processions and offered first aid facility to the mourners, who self-flagellated during the processions.

In Ahmedpur East, the Chehlum of martyrs of Karbala was observed here. The main congregation in the city was held at Imambargah Noor Shah Bukhari from where a mourning procession was taken out which, after passing through traditional route, culminated at Karbla Chowk Munir Shaheed. The police under the supervision of ASP Mahzoar Ali Ghauri had made foolproof security arrangements for the Chehlum.

Meanwhile Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) chehlum was also observed in Uch Sharif, Chanigoth, Mubarakpur, Naushera Jadid, Janowala, Dera Nawab Sahib and adjoining areas.

In Hafizabad, Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions was observed amid tight security in Hafizabad, Pindi Bhattian and other towns of the district with reverence. A Zuljinnah and Tazia procession was taken out in the city, which ended at Fawara Chowk. The mourners beat their chest and later gathered at Fawara Chowk where the speakers paid glowing tributes to Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions for laying their lives for the glorification of Islam.

The Zakireen called upon their audience to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice of the Great Imam to fight oppression and to uphold truth.