LAHORE - The central Zuljinah procession came out from Nisar Haveli in the Walled City yesterday night, amid elaborate security arrangements.

After passing through traditional route, the procession will conclude at Karbala Gamey Shah today (Muharram 10) in the evening that will be followed by Sham-e-Ghareeban where religious scholars will highlight the supreme sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions and narrate sufferings of family members.

Dozens of small processions will join the main Zuljinah procession at different places. Hundreds of sabeels have been established along the route of main Zuljinah processions to offer meal, water, milk and sharbat to mourners.

The procession will pass through the traditional route including Mohalla Chehl Bibian Imambargah Syed Wajid Ali Shah, Mubarak Haveli, Chowk Nawab Sahib, Koocha Qazi Khana, Imambargah Maulvi Feroze Ali, Koocha Miskeenan, Mohalla Pir Gillanian, Imambargah Syed Rajjab Ali Shah, Chohatta Mufti Baqir, Chowk Kotvali, Kashmiri Bazar, Sonehri Mosque, Dabbi Bazaar, Gumti Bazaar, Said Mittha Bazaar, Tehsil Bazaar, Bazaar Hakimaan, Ucchi Mosque, Bhatti Chowk and conclude at Karbala Gamey Shah.

The Walled City and other localities close to the route of procession have been sealed with advice to the residents not to come out of houses unless they are participants. They have also been advised to keep computerised national identity cards (CNIC) for identification.

Prior to the start of central Zuljinah procession, Majlis-e-Shab-e-Ashur was arranged at Nisar Haveli wherein noted scholars recited marsia to highlight the sufferings of family members of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) at Karbala. Thousands of mourners attended Majlis-e-Shab-e-Ashur.

More than 400 majalis were arranged at various imambargahs in the city to commemorate ninth Muharram when Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions were facing the brutalities of Yazid’s army at Karbala.

Dozens of processions were also taken out by mourners who were beating chests to express grief over Karbala tragedy.

One of the biggest processions of Muharram 9th was taken out from Pando Street, Islampura that was attended by hundreds of mourners. The procession passed through Aab Para Chowk, Secretariat, Old Anarkali and reached Khaima-e-Sadaat Edward Road where small processions joined.

After Majlis-e-Aza at Khaime-e-Sadaat, the procession returned to Pando Street on the same route.

Another procession was taken out from Shadman that culminated at Qasr-e-Batool where Zanjeerzani was held.

The Zuljinah procession was taken out from Qasr-e-Batool, Allama Iqbal Town. The processions returned to the starting venue after passing through traditional route. The procession was taken out from Atia Ahle Bait Imam Bargah, Nicolson Road after Majlis-i-Aza.

Other processions were taken out from Imambargah, Wassanpura and Railway Station Engine Shed.