ISLAMABAD (APP) - The main Ashura-e-Muharram procession of the capital city was taken out on Sunday from Imambargah Asna Ashria, Sector G-6, which was attended by thousands of mourners. Around a dozen Zuljanahs, decorated with beautiful clothing, swords, etc, and more than 150 Alams (flags) and Taazias were the hallmark of the two-and-a-half-kilometer-long procession which commenced after Zohr prayers. Being the last procession of Ashura for Capital City mourners, the cavalcade was also joined by Chairman of Millat-e-Jaferia at Lal Quarters Chowk where hundreds of mourners observed flagellation amid loud slogans. The main feature of the procession, organised by Anjuman Asna Ashria Islamabad, was the participation of thousands of women, children and infants who were mostly clad in black clothes. Leaders of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Islami and renowned scholar Agha Murtaza Poya also attended the procession. However, no local political entity was visible. Talking to this agency, Agha Murtaza Poya said the day of Ashura calls upon all Muslims to forge unity among their ranks to foil all bids of enemy. We have to follow Quran, Sunnah and Ahl-e-Bait. Unity and brotherhood is need of the hour for the Muslim Ummah. This is the weapon, which can foil all conspiracies hatched by Israeli lobby against the Ummah. This is the message by Sunni Ulema Hazrat Moudoodi, Abdul Aziz Dehlvi and others, he added. He said killing of a human being was Haram in Islam and what to talk about killing fellow Muslims. In my opinion, the government would have to take stern action against the terrorists and only exemplary punishment can defeat the terrorist elements, he added. A banner, which caught the attention of the mourners, was inscribed with a quotation of Imam Khomeini saying, Muharram is a month of conquest of blood over sword. The capital police had made elaborate security arrangements for the security of the mourners and 1100 police officials were deployed to ensure security of the procession while 400 policemen were in reserve for tackling any emergency. Mainly, three security cordons were in place as a security measure for the 5-km route of the procession and policemen were escorting the mourners. CCTV cameras were installed alongside the route to record all proceedings and ensuring security of the mourners. However, it was noted with concern that walkthrough gates to scan the mourners were inactive and only manual body search was being carried out. When the attention of a security guard was diverted to the inactive walk-through gate, he smiled and said that only manual search was an effective tool to check any terrorist. Policemen were also deployed at the rooftops of all houses along the road while all link roads had also been closed. Personnel of Bomb Disposal Squad, Elite Force, CIA, CID, Special Branch, FC and Rangers were also deployed. All mourners were to enter the congregation after crossing through walkthrough gates while besides police Haidery Scouts and Mukhtar Force were also deployed to ensure body search of the participants. The procession would conclude at the same destination where it was taken out - Imambargah Asna Ashria - after completing its traditional route Lal Quarters Chowk, G-6/1, G-6/2, Melody Market, GPO Chowk, Polyclinic Hospital road and then to Imambargah. The Police had set up two control rooms to monitor the security - a mobile control room in front of Imambargah Asna Ashria and the other at SSP Office to monitor all CCTV Cameras while SSP Tahir Alam was looking after the security arrangements. Edhi Ambulances were escorting the procession to cater for any emergency while special passes were issued to all the Sabeel organisers (Free Food, Water Supply for mourners) as well as all owners of Alams.