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Pakistani Shiite Muslims attend a procession to mark the end of the forty day mourning period following the anniversary of the 7th century death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson and one of Shiite Islam's most beloved saints, in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil) — Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

Chehlum of Imam Husain observed with due reverence across Pakistan

The Chehlum ends the 40-day mourning period commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Husain in the battle of Karbala.
Updated Oct 31, 2018 12:54am

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.

Devotees take part in a religious procession to mark "Arba'een" in Karachi on October 30, 2018. —AFP
Devotees take part in a religious procession to mark "Arba'een" in Karachi on October 30, 2018. —AFP

Pakistani police commandos stand guard along a street. —AFP
Pakistani police commandos stand guard along a street. —AFP

Hundreds of devotees seen participating in the main religious procession in Karachi. —AFP
Hundreds of devotees seen participating in the main religious procession in Karachi. —AFP

Participants of the main procession in Lahore. —AFP
Participants of the main procession in Lahore. —AFP

Devotees offering noon prayers in Karachi. —AFP
Devotees offering noon prayers in Karachi. —AFP

Police commandos patrol along a Karachi street. —AFP
Police commandos patrol along a Karachi street. —AFP

Women participating in Rawalpindi's procession. —AP
Women participating in Rawalpindi's procession. —AP

Devotees touching the Zuljanah as the procession passes through Taili Mohalla in Rawalpindi. —APP
Devotees touching the Zuljanah as the procession passes through Taili Mohalla in Rawalpindi. —APP

Devotees marching through small roads and lanes before merging with the main Rawalpindi procession. —APP
Devotees marching through small roads and lanes before merging with the main Rawalpindi procession. —APP

Mourners receive free food and drinks at *sabeel* stalls. —AP
Mourners receive free food and drinks at sabeel stalls. —AP

A young girl touching the *alam* in the procession taken out in Karachi. —APP
A young girl touching the alam in the procession taken out in Karachi. —APP

Female participants of the procession taken out in Lahore. —AFP
Female participants of the procession taken out in Lahore. —AFP

Roads leading to the route of the main procession have been closed with containers for security reasons in Rawalpindi. —APP
Roads leading to the route of the main procession have been closed with containers for security reasons in Rawalpindi. —APP

Mourners participating in the procession at Goole Chowk in Sargodha. —APP
Mourners participating in the procession at Goole Chowk in Sargodha. —APP