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Security beefed up in Karachi ahead of Ashura

KARACHI: Strict measures have been make to ensure security to Muharram processions in Karachi and other cities of Sindh on 9th and 10th of Muharram, Samaa reported. Imposing a five-day ban on motorbike pillion-riding across Sindh, the government has deployed thousands of police and Rangers personnel in the metropolis. The law enforcing agencies have been…

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Rangers issue high alert in Karachi ahead of Ashura

KARACHI: Rangers have issued a high-alert as part of security measures ahead of Ashura, Samaa reported. According to a press release issued by Rangers spokesman, the paramilitary took special measures to ensure security in Muharram and decided to use specials machine for verification of identity, linked with NADRA database. The machine will be used to…

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Three holidays announced

SARGODHA: District Coordination Officer (DCO) Danish Afzaal has announced a local holiday in all government and private educational institutions on Monday, Oct 10, for security reasons, said a notification issued here Saturday. The federal and provincial governments have already announced two holidays on 11th and 12th of October in connection with 9th and 10th of…

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CTP issues Ashura traffic plan for Rawalpindi

RAWALPINDI: In order to ensure security of the mourners processions and smooth flow of traffic during Muharram-ul-Harram, the City Traffic Police (CTP) Friday issued a comprehensive traffic plan. According to the plan, there will be complete ban on parking of any vehicle or handcart on the route of the procession. Chairing a meeting, Senior Traffic…

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa govt declares two more public holidays

PESHAWAR: The Government Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has declared 11th & 12th October, 2016 (Tuesday and Wednesday) as public holidays on the occasion of Ashura-e-Muharram, said a notification issued by Administration Department, here Thursday. Muslims in Pakistan will mark the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS), the grandson of Holy Prophet (PBUH) on Tuesday and Wednesday. It…

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Ashura holidays announced

ISLAMABAD: Two public holidays have been announced on account of Ashura (Muharram 09 and 10) which falls on October 11 and 12. A notification in this regard has been issued by the interior ministry on its website. According to the circular, all public and semi-government institutions will remain closed on October 11 and 11 in…

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Pervaiz pledges foolproof security for Muharram

ISLAMABAD” Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid Tuesday called on religious scholars from all schools of thought to work for the promotion of inter-faith harmony, and defeat of sectarianism and extremism. Talking to a delegation of Markazi Imam Hussain Council led by Dr Ghazanfar Mehdi here, the minister said Islam is…

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Youm-e-Ashur observed across Pakistan peacefully

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI/LAHORE: Youm-e-Ashur on Saturday was observed across the country peacefully  as mourners paid tributes to the supreme sacrifices offered by Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his 72 diehard companions against a tyrant ruler in Karbala (Iraq). The Ashura processions taken out from different localities of Islamabad culminated peacefully after passing through their traditional routes. According…

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Children join elderly family members in Ashura processions

Large numbers of children took part in Ashura processions taken out in Lahore to commemorate the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions. Watch details in this report.

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Youm-e-Ashur observed in Karachi amid tight security

In Karachi, tens of thousands joined the Youm-e-Ashur processions to commemorate the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions at the battle of Karbala.  Strict security measures were taken on this occasion owing to terror threats.

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Cellular phone services restored in Karachi, other cities

KARACHI: Mobile phone services were restored in Karachi and other parts of country on Friday night Youm-e-Ashur processions reached their respective destinations. In Karachi, the main Ashura procession reached Imambargah Irania peacefully, resulting in  restoration of phone services in the metropolis. The cellular phone services were shut down in Karachi at 8pm. The measures had…

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Ashura procession in Karachi concludes peacefully

KARACHI: The main mourning procession of Ashura concluded peacefully at the Imambargah Hussanian Iranian in Kharadar here on Saturday evening, an official of the Home Department said. The procession in the city was taken out from the Nishter Park in the morning. It was preceded by a Majlis that was addressed by Allama Abbas Kumaili….

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Crowds mass in Karbala for mourning ritual

KARBALA: Huge crowds of black-clad Shiite faithful massed in the Iraqi city of Karbala Saturday, crying and beating their chests to commemorate Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), who embraced martyrdom in the seventh century. The holy day of Ashura was marred by attacks in Pakistan and Bangladesh but got under way without incident in southern Iraq,…

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Mobile phones to remain silent in major cities

KARACHI/LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: Cellular phone services are likely to be suspended in major cities on 10th Muharram to ensure foolproof security to countrywide majalis and processions, Samaa reported. Sources said the services would remain suspended on Ashura from dawn to dusk in almost all major cities, including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta. Reports say authorities have…

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Muharram moon sighted in Pakistan; Ashura on Oct 24

KARACHI: The Central Ruet-e-Hilal (moon-sighting) Committee has confirmed the sighting of Muharram moon, the first month of Islamic calendar. Thursday will be the first day of Muharram while Ashura will be marked on October 24. Mufti Abdul Qavi, a member of the committee, told SAMAA that Muharram’s moon was sighted. Chairman of the main moon-sighting…

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Aag Ka Matam

Samaa correspondent from Nawabshah city of Sindh reports matam on fire (aag ka matam) performed by a large number of people in the city.

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Hundreds of thousands pack Karbala for Ashura

KARBALA, Iraq: Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims packed the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala Tuesday, braving the threat of jihadist attack to mark one of the holiest days of their faith. Ashura commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed (P.B.U.H), by the army of the Caliph Yazid in 680…

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Security plan of Ashura processions

ISLAMABAD: Fool-proof security arrangements have been made to ensure peaceful conduct of the mourning processions being taken out today in connection with the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain in Kerbala. Security has been put on high alert countrywide for the protection of processions of tenth of Muharram.  Strict security checks have been maintained from place…

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Cellular blackout imposed ahead of Ashura

ISLAMABAD: As a security measure against  probable terrorist attacks on mourners' processions/gatherings/meetings during the observance of Ashura , the cellular networks have been switched off in the select sensitive cities of Pakistan,  Samaa reported. In most of the cities, the services would remain suspended from 06:00 AM till 10:00 PM on November 3 and 4…

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Govt finalizes security plan for Muharram 9th & 10th

ISLAMABAD: The federal government gave final touches to the security plan for 9th and 10th Muharramul Haram. Meantime, cellular services will remain suspended on these two days in sensitive cities to avert any potential terror threat.Reminiscing the era of former interior minister Rehman A. Malik, the interior ministry decided to suspend cellular services during the…

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