The Chehlum of Imam Husain and his companions was observed across Pakistan on Tuesday with due reverence and solemnity to mark the supreme sacrifices of the martyrs of Karbala in 680 AD.
Processions of zuljanah and tazias were taken out in various major cities with hundreds of mourners accompanying them and reciting nohas.
In Karachi, the main procession culminated peacefully at Husainian Iranian Imambargah Kharadar after passing through its traditional thoroughfares.
Special arrangements were made in the city regarding civic facilities and security by law enforcement and local administration.
These included cleanliness on the route of the main mourning procession, repair of roads, rectification of the sewerage system and lighting arrangements to facilitate the participants.
Strict security measures were made to prevent any untoward incident as Police, Rangers and gents scouts were deployed along the route of the procession.
Sabeels (stalls for refreshment drinks) were set up as per years old tradition.
The Karachi Traffic Police made an alternative route plan for the public to ensure smooth flow of traffic on roads of the city.
All the small roads and lanes leading to the route of main Chehlum procession were closed with the help of containers and buses to stop unwanted entry.
In the federal capital and adjoining Rawalpindi, according to a police official, 14,000 policemen, 10 companies of Pakistan Army and four companies of Rangers performed their duties on the occasion.
Mobile services were also suspended along the routes of processions taken out in various cities, owing to security concerns.