Islamabad/Rawalpindi - The city district administration has finalised all sorts of arrangements to maintain peace in the federal capital on the occasion of Yaum-e-Ashur falling today.

Comprehensive arrangements have been made to observe Yaum-e-Ashur, the 10th of Muharram-ul-Harram, today with religious zeal to pay homage to Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions, who laid down their lives to preserve uprightness of Islam in Karbala hundreds of years back. Large contingents of police and Rangers will be protecting the Muharram processions in the federal capital as police and Rangers mobiles equipped with cameras will be patrolling the city roads.

In the federal capital, the main Ashura procession was taken out on the 9th of Muharram (Tuesday) amid tight security. The main procession on Muharram 9 was taken out from the Markazi Imambargah in G-6/2 and culminated at the same venue in the evening after passing through Luqman Hakeem Road, G-6 Service Road, Saddar Road, Aabpara and Polyclinic. The processions were monitored by CCTV cameras installed all over the city to keep an eye on suspects. Mobile phone services were not suspended in the federal capital on Tuesday, 9th Muharram, as the concerned authorities reportedly changed the security plan for the day.

Earlier it was reported that mobile phone services would remain suspended in Islamabad from 12:00pm to 10:00pm on Tuesday.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made to guard the main procession of 10th Muharram-ul-Harram in the city.

Three layers of security are in place in the city, with all linking roads along the route of procession have been sealed off by placing containers and barbwires. Nobody would be allowed to join the procession without security check. More than 4,000 policemen in uniform and plain clothes and personnel of Quick Respond Force have been deployed to protect the main procession backed by round-the-clock surveillance with CCTV cameras. Bomb disposal squad has also checked the main procession route. The management of the processions have also been directed to depute their own men to frisk the mourners before entering the procession, the authorities said. The Islamabad Electric Supply Company would ensure uninterrupted power supply to its consumers on Yaum-e-Ashur.

Days earlier, Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) also issued traffic plans for various Muharram processions which will be taken out in the city. In this regard, the police said, they would deploy a total of 450 officials to regulate traffic around the procession routes.

Meanwhile, Rawalpindi remained calm on 9th of Muharram and 79 mourning processions and 206 gatherings culminated peacefully across the district amid very tight security. The main mourning processions in Rawalpindi city took place at Bohar Bazaar and Hathi Chowk. The processions remained peaceful as police kept tight vigilance on routes and participants of the processions. Regional Police Officer (RPO) Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja visited various parts of city to monitor the security arrangements being taken to shield the mourning processions. He directed the police to protect all the processions by using all the available resources.

According to a police spokesman, there will be 65 mourning processions and 113 gathering across the district on Wednesday. The most sensitive processions in the city included procession from Imambargah Ashiq Hussain, Committee Chowk, procession from Baltistania Imambargah, procession in Commercial Market, and a major procession starting from the house of Fazal Hussain at RA Bazaar.

As many as 6300 well equipped personnel of police, Rangers, and army will guard the processions. A joint monitoring room has been set up in the building of Rawal Town Municipal Administration to monitor the situation.

The security officials will continuously monitor the routes of the two processions and adjacent high building through 400 CCTV cameras installed on the 9km long route from Committee Chowk to Banni Chowk. The CCTV footage will be saved for months, he said.

According to spokesman of Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Fiqa Jaffaria, the main procession of Zuljinnah-o-Alam of 10th Muharram will be taken out from Imambargah Ashiq Hussain at 11:00am amid tight security. The procession will be led by Quaid-e-Millat Jaffaria Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Mosavi. The main procession will end at Imambargah Qadeemi after passing through Committee Chowk, College Road, Raja Bazaar and Jamia Mashid Road.

Many other small and big mourning processions will also be taken out from Imambargah Shaheedan Karbala, Tyre Bazaar, which will join the main procession. Another Alam Ghazi Abbas Alamdar mourning procession will also appear from Hussaini Manzil, Shah Chan Chirag, at 11:00am under the supervision of Zawar Syed Aitbar Hussain Bukhari Al Hussaini, Syed Imtiaz Bukhari and Syed Ali Raza Bukhari that will culminate at Imambargah Qadeemi after marching on its traditional routes.

The speakers will throw light on the philosophy of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) at Fawara Chowk at 2:00pm. 

The acting Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Yousaf Shahid, on the other hand, said the mourning processions would be provided foolproof security on roads by controlling traffic rush. For the purpose, he said, as many as 374 wardens, 47 junior wardens, 22 inspectors and 6 DSPs would perform duties along the routes of mourning processions. Sharing the traffic plan for 10th Muharram, the acting CTO said the entry of all kinds of traffic from Committee Chowk to Iqbal Road would be banned.