Ashura processions: Potential tragedy averted

Published: December 17, 2010

Shiite Muslims during an Ashura procession. Blanket security has been imposed in Pakistan to protect any untoward incident. PHOTO: AFP

SHIKARPUR: Security officials in Lahore on Friday apprehended a suspect from Karbala Gam-e-Shah as Ashura processions were underway.

Police transferred the suspect to an unknown location for further investigation.

The arrested suspect was identified as Shahid and belonging to Abbotabad.

Earlier, in Shikarpur, security guards shot dead an attacker as he tried to enter an Ashura procession.

The attacker managed to explode the grenade before he died, injuring four people, including a police official, in a village near Khanpur .

The grenade attack targeted an Ashura procession underway. Earlier today, a mortar attack killed six people in Hangu as Shia Muslims marked Ashura.

Tight security arrangements have been made across the country for Ashura processions during the month of Muharram.

Tens of thousands of paramilitary guards and police were deployed across the country to guard Shiite rallies on Ashura, the climax of Muharram.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Dec 17, 2010 - 11:10PM

    Must say, The people Responsible for the security for Ashura did an excellent job The security apparatus The police, The Rangers, The Para military all must be applauded for their performance not only in words but also in kind especially the police officer who died on the line of Duty. Guys you did the Nation Proud.Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Dec 17, 2010 - 11:21PM

    The Security Agencies has done a wonderful job accross the country on the Ashura day being observed on December 17, 2010, protected and saved uncounted precious human lives and property.

    We need to eliminate all terrorists from the country, as they are enemies of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ehtisham Rizvi
    Dec 18, 2010 - 11:33AM

    Good job by the law enforcement agencies all over Pakistan, so far :)Recommend

  • SA
    Dec 18, 2010 - 1:52PM

    Commendable job. Salute to all!Recommend

  • Dr Shafiq
    Dec 18, 2010 - 3:59PM

    well done to all those people who prevented such a potential tragedy … truly u r the unsung heroes we salute u all Recommend

  • Vdc
    Dec 18, 2010 - 5:23PM

    Very well handled by the security apparatusRecommend

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