Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S) and his companions is being commemorated across the country today (Thursday) amid heightened security and suspension of cellular phone services in more than 46 cities of Pakistan.
The event marks the culmination of a 40-day mourning period after the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain and his 72 companions who were martyred in the 680 A.D.
The battle was fought on the plains outside Karbala, a city in modern Iraq that’s home to the Imam’s holy shrine.
The occasion is the source of an enduring moral lesson for Muslims. Alam, Tazia and Zuljinah mourning processions are being taken out around the country to mark the day.
Extraordinary arrangements have been made to protect the mourning processions, with PTA blocking mobile phone services from 8am till 12am as pillion ridding has been banned in Punjab.
The use of motorbike is completely banned in Hangu, Gilgit and Dera Ismail Khan areas as a security measure aimed at ensuring the protection of Shia processions.
In Karachi, aerial monitoring will also be carried out as roads linked to main M.A Jinnah Road and the Red Zone were sealed by placing containers on them.
Extra contingents of Rangers, police and police commandos have been deployed at routes of the processions and imam bargahs in sensitive areas across the country.