ISLAMABAD          -       Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the historic battle of Karbala fought between truth and falsehood had made it clear that the real success and steadfastness was the passion to sacrifice everything for revival and promotion of Islamic values.

In his message to the countrymen on Yaum-e-Ashur, the prime minister said that though 10th Muharram was already an important day in the Islamic history, the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (R.A) on the day gave it a unique significance.

He said the passion shown by Hazrat Imam Hussain helped enliven the Muslim tradition of faithfulness and truthfulness besides being a source of keeping alive the eternal message of Islam and passion to sacrifice.

The prime minister said that Imam Hussain (R.A)’s sacrifice was in fact a guiding principle for the Muslims which taught them to sacrifice everything during the struggle for truth. Only such a passion can lead us to any remarkable stature within the country as well as among the comity of nations, he added.

Paying tribute to the sacrifices of the Kashmiri people, the prime minister said they had kept the teaching of Imam Hussain (R.A) alive and just like Karbala, they also made Kashmir an example of battle between truth and falsehood.

He said that likewise the world, COVID-19 had also impacted Pakistan, but consequent to timely actions by the government and cooperation by the people, the pandemic had been contained to a great extent. The whole nation must be thankful to Allah for this, he said.

The prime minister also appealed the countrymen to adhere to the anti COVID-19 SOPs formulated by the government during the Muharram rituals. He advised the people to observe Ashura peacefully with religious fervor by shunning the sectarian biases.

He also called for special prayers for country’s progress and prosperity.

Snipers deputed in sensitive areas on Ashura


The police deputed snipers in all sensitive areas, including the routes of mourning processions and Majalis, for Ashura Muharramul Haraam.

A police spokesman on Saturday said police officials in plain clothes would also remain active during Ashura to keep vigil eye on suspects.

As many as 238 Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras had also been installed and made functional at all sensitive points and the entire activities of Majalis and mourning processions would be monitored in the central control room, he added.