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- Sunday, November 25, 2012 - From Print Edition




Thousands of ‘Azadars’ today (Sunday) would observe ‘Youm-e-Ashur’ the 10th of Muharram-ul-Haram, with religious zeal to commemorate the greatest sacrifices rendered by Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and other martyrs of Karbala. More than 200 ‘Zuljinah’ (Matmi) processions would appear from different areas in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.


More than 300 ‘sabeels’ of milk and ‘sharbat’ would be established at different routes of processions on ‘Ashura’ day. ‘Azadars’ would also distribute ‘langer’ among participants on the occasion.


Big ‘Zuljinah’ processions would appear from Imam Bargah Col (r) Maqbool, Imam Bargah Qasar-e-Qaiser, Imam Bargah Qasar-e-Zainab, Ali Masjid, Imam Bargah Groti, Imam Bargah Shah Payara, Imam Bargah Shah Chan Chiragh, Imam Bargah Dhoke Syedan, Imam Bargah Gora Syedan and other various localities and would culminate at Imam Bargah Qadeemi at late night where ‘Azadars’ would hold ‘Sham-e-Gariban’.


The mourning processions would be taken out amid foolproof security. The religious scholars in their sermons would highlight the significance of the supreme sacrifices of ‘Shuhada-e-Karbala’.


Extensive security arrangements were put in place by the authorities to thwart any untoward incident as the faithful will take out processions of ‘Alam’, ‘Zuljinah’ and ‘Tazia’. In addition to police the heavy contingent of army and rangers would ensure security of mourners. The provincial governments had enhanced the security vigilance and for this purpose, security cameras were installed on all the main routes of the processions, besides, walkthrough gates were installed for processions.


The City Police Officer (CPO) Azhar Hameed Khokhar told ‘The News’ that all the processions would be covered by security officials. The main procession of ‘Alam, Zuljinah and Tazia’ would be taken out from Imam Bargah Colonel Maqbool Hussain. After passing through its traditional route, it would terminate at Imam Bargah Qadeemi in the evening, he said.


Various political parties and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) would specially set up camps to provide assistance to the mourners.