Muharram 8 processions held amid strict security

Published July 28, 2023
Muharram 8 procession passes through G-9 in Islamabad on Thursday. — White Star
Muharram 8 procession passes through G-9 in Islamabad on Thursday. — White Star

ISLAMABAD: Two Muharram 8 azadari processions were held in the federal capital amid strict security measures and the suspension of mobile phone services in G-9, G-7 and G-6 sectors.

The first procession commenced from Jamia Murtaza G-9/4 at around 1 pm and culminated at Jamia Sadiq G-9. This procession used to be led by Allama Hamid Moosvi, chief of Tehreek-i-Nifaz Fiqh Jaferia, who died in July 2022. The second procession was taken out at 8 pm from Ali Masjid G-7 and ended at the G-6/2 markazi Imambarghah.

The participants mourned the tragic assassination of Imam Hussain and his companions as well as some of his family members.

No untoward incident occurred at the processions, while heavy police presence protected the processions from any act by miscreants.

The main azadari related activity in the federal capital will be held today as the 9th Muharram procession will be taken out from Markazi Imambarghah G-6 after the Friday prayers.

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To pay homage and Salam to Shuhada-e-Karbal Muharram 8 processions were taken out with religious solemnity in Attock on Thursday.

Muharram procession and Majalis were held to pay tribute to great sacrifices rendered by Hazrat Imam Hussain AS and his companions in Karbala.

In Attock, Muharram 8 procession of Alam-o- Zuljanah, surrounded by heavy police and elite force, was taken out from Imambargah Punjtani Attock city on Thursday with religious enthusiasm under auspices of Anjumane Janisaran Hussain, which was participated by a large number of mourners.

The Azadars were reciting Nohas in groups, who also performed “Zanjeerzani” and “Matum” by beating their chests and offered Zuhrain prayer at Fowarh chowk. Addressing the mourners, Allama Syed Farhan Haider has said that Karbala is a lesson- teaching incident of human history, which gives the message of upholding righteousness and truth to the mankind for their eternal success. Hazart Imam Hussain (AS) is not only a great hero of our Islamic history but is the symbol of a unique philosophy and way of life which draws a line of demarcation between noble and evil forces, he further said . Similarly this incident foiled the nefarious designs of devilish forces of Yazidiat against the righteousness of Hussainiat, he maintained. However it is need of the hour, that we should realize our responsibilities as nation and fails the designs of anti-Islam forces by promoting unity and religious harmony among our ranks, he urged.

Later on, the procession after passing through its traditional routes ended peacefully at Imambargah Hussania Attock Cantonment in the evening. Following the recent terrorism incidents, the law enforcement agencies have made unprecedented security arrangements for the peaceful holding of 8th Muharram processions. — Staff Reporter

All roads leading to the venue of the procession were heavily guarded and procession routes were barbed with iron wire and manned by elite force and rangers to handle any untoward situation. The personnel of different law enforcement agencies also remained busy for identification of outlaws and troublemakers. While deputy commissioner Rao Atif Raza other district administration officials visited Imambargahs and procession’s route with intervals to monitor the security arrangements.

Under strict security Sabeels of water and milk were also set up by the procession organizers with the collaboration of tehsil municipal administration at the different points to facilitate the mourners; while a special mobile medical team and Rescue 1122 also provided medical treatment among the mourners on the spot.

Published in Dawn, July 28th, 2023

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