LAHORE - Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and other martyrs of Karbala was observed in Lahore and other parts of the country Friday.

Sittings and mourning rallies were held at Imam Bargahs where religious scholars shed light on the message of Karbla.

In Lahore, the central procession taken out from Haveli Alif Shah inside Delhi gate in the morning and it ended at Karbla Gamay Shah  by passing through its traditional route of Masjid Wazir Khan, Rang Mehal, Pani Wala Talab, Sunehri Masjid, Tehsil Bazar, Novelty Chowk and Bhati Gate. Majlis was held at Karbala Gamay Shah after the culmination of the procession.

Police and other agencies made strict security arrangements on occasion.

Uniformed and plain clothes policemen guarded all entry points to the route of the procession where entry was allowed only from walk through gates and scanning by metal detectors. Hundreds of police personnel and special units were deployed on the roof tops of the buildings along the routes and other sensitive points. Besides surveillance through helicopters and close circuit television cameras, sharp shooters were deployed at multi-storied buildings along the route.