Thousands of mourners joined on Monday the Muharram 9 processions across the country to pay tribute to Imam Hussain (RA) and his followers, who sacrificed their lives for Islam in Karbala more than 1,400 years ago.
People attended the Majalis and then joined the processions that started moving towards their destinations in the afternoon.
Stern security arrangements were in place in every city and town to ensure the safety of mourners. The movements of the processions were monitored through CCTV cameras.
Thousands of policemen and paramilitary troops were deployed to maintain law and order across the country. Cellular services also remained suspended in the areas along the routes of processions.
Snipers were positioned on rooftops and about 300 lanes connecting to Karachi’s main MA Jinnah Road were sealed with shipping containers.
The main procession started from Nishtar Park in the afternoon. It culminated at Hussainian Iranian Imambargah in Kharadar via Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Road, Mehfil-e-Shah-e-Khurasan, MA Jinnah Road, Mansfield Street, Preedy Street, back to MA Jinnah Road, Bolton Market, Bombay Bazaar, Kharadar and Nawab Mahabat Khanjee Road.
The main procession in Lahore departed from Pandu Street and travelled through its traditional route before culminating at its destination.
In Islamabad, the biggest mourning procession departed from Markazi Imambargah Asna Ashri, in Sector G-6/2, and passed through different imambargahs. It culminated where it started from.
More than 10,000 policemen were deployed to ensure the security of different processions in the federal capital.