KARACHI: The Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions was observed in the metropolis with reverence and fervour here on Saturday.
Big and small processions were taken out in various parts of the city. The mourners marched with the processions until dusk.
The main procession of the Chehlum was taken out from Nishtar Park, which culminated while passing through its traditional routes at the Husainian Iranian Imambargah in Kharadar amid tight security.
Over 10,000 police personnel performed their duties to provide foolproof security to the mourners of the Chehlum processions and devotees visiting the shrine of Data Sahib as the 979th Urs of Data Ali Hajveri and Chehlum of Imam Hussain (R.A) concluded peacefully on Saturday.
The security of the provincial capital remained beefed up on the day.
DIG Operation Lahore Afzaal Ahmed Kosar visited the procession route (Shabih-e-Tazia) as well as the shrine of Ali Hajvery Gunj Bakhsh and surrounding areas to review the security arrangements.
Deputy Commissioner Lahore Muhammad Ali, SSP Operations, SP Security and other senior officers also accompanied the DIG.
On the occasion, DIG Afzal Ahmed Kosar met community leaders and the licence-holders of the main mourning procession as well as the administration of the shrine of Data Sahib and inquired from them regarding the standard of security provided by police.
He directed the police officers and officials deputed at various points of the main mourning procession routes and the shrine to remain alert and keep a vigilant eye on any suspicious activity.
He further directed the Dolphin Squad and PRU teams to ensure effective patrolling around the procession route, Imam bargahs and the shrine of Data Sahib.
Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S) and his companions was observed in the Larkana and Kamber-Shahdadkot districts on Saturday with due reverence and solemnity, while the different mourning processions were taken out by the mourners.
Various processions were brought out from a number of localities of the Larkana and Kamber-Shahdadkot districts. Police and Rangers patrolled the city and localities of the both districts throughout the day in order to maintain law and order situation.
In Larkana city, various processions, alam and Zuljinnah were taken out on the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S) and his companions from Jaral Shah Bukhari, Jaffery Imam Bargah, imambargah Syed Bahdur Hussain Shah Kazmi, Mehar Shah Bukhari Imambargah and other imambargahs of Larkana city which went on covering on their journey on the traditional procession routes.
The main procession in Larkana city from Imam Dargah Syed Jaral Shah Bukhari and after distance on its traditional route of Bunder road, Pakistan Chowk, Resham Gali, Fish Market, Empire Road, Jilus Bazar, Shahi Bazar terminated Imam Bargah Jaral Shah Bukhari, where mijlis Sham-e-Ghariban was held at Pakistan chowk Larkana city.
Earlier, last night and Saturday Zakireen and moulvis in different Imambargahs in their speeches threw light on the great sacrifices of Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S) and his faithfull companions.
The ambulances of Rescue 1122, Edhi Welfare centre, Khaidmat-e-Khalq Foundation Larkana and CMC Hospital Larkana were busy in taking these persons, who fell unconscious due to excessive bleeding at the time of passing of procession various Imam Bargahs and from various places of the city.
Commissioner Larkana Division Ghanwar Ali Lagheri, DIG Police Larkana Range Mazhar Nawaz Shaikh, Deputy Commissioner Larkana, SSP Larkana, Wing Commander Shahbaz Rangers, SP Headquarters Larkana and ASP city supervised security arrangement throughout the day and no untoward incident was reported anywhere.
While on the eve of Chehlum strict security measures were ensured by district government and the heavy contingents of police along with rangers were deputed at the various places of the city in general and particularly on those routes, from where the mourning processions passed.
The procession of Chehlum in memory of martyrs of Karbala was observed in Quetta on Saturday.
The main procession was carried out from Imambargah Mominabad and ended at Behesht-e-Zainab graveyard following the traditional route.
The route of the procession had been sealed late on Friday while mobile phone services have been shut along the route of the procession.
Additional Chief Secretary Home Zahid Saleem and IG Police Balochistan Abdul Khaliq Sheikh inspected the procession from the command and control room established at CCPO office.
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