Security has been beefed up across the country Monday in order to maintain peace as processions advance in all cities for the ninth and 10th of Muharram.
A large number of mourners are participating in the processions.
The interior ministry has issued orders to restrain public and private transport near all the Imambargahs within a 500-metre range.
The ministry has also issued directives to police chiefs and chief secretaries in all provinces.
A control room, headed by Interior Minister Rehman Malik in the National Crisis Management Cell has been designated to monitor the situation.
All link roads leading to the ‘potential trouble spots’ will be closed for public and police officials with moveable barriers have been deployed at the entry and exit points of the areas of the sensitive Imambargahs.
Police have been directed to conduct thorough checking and screening of all vehicles, motorcycles and rickshaws. Effective patrolling would protect sensitive areas. Security would also be provided to women’s processions.
A procession started from a congregation at Nishter Park which is on its way towards Husainiya Iraniya Imambargah.
The participants will offer prayers in Ali Raza Imambargah situated at the MA Jinnah Road.
Security forces have sealed the roads on which the procession is underway.
Shiites from Nicholson Street and Mughalpura area initiated a procession, while the central processions will be carried out from Islampura and Pando Street, which will lead towards Nisar Haweli.
A procession will start from Hussainiya Hall in Saddar and Bibi Zakariya Imambargah.
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Processions started from Imambargah Hamuh Shah in the city which reached Lato Faqir.
The Army has taken the control of sensitive areas and a curfew has been imposed there.
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