KARACHI - The main procession of Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and other martyrs of Karbala was culminated peacefully after passing through its traditional routes amid tightened security on Tuesday.

The clerics and participants kept paying homage to Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions by reciting Marsias throughout the procession to commemorate the great sacrifices of the martyrs.

According to details, small processions were also taken out from different parts of y the city which later joined the main procession that began from Nishtar Park after the Majlis-e-Aza addressed by Allama Shehnshah Naqvi.

Earlier, Allama Naqvi highlighted the sacrifices of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) during his address in Majlis-e-Aza which was attended by a large number of people including women and children. After the Majils-e-Aza the mourners proceeded from Nishtar Park and offered Zuhren prayer at Imambargah-e-Ali Raza at MA Jinnah Road. Passing through its traditional routes, the procession peacefully culminated at Hussainian Iranian Imambargah in locality of Kharadar.

The arrangements of civic facilities, including supply of water, cleanliness and lighting were also made. Medical camps and water stalls, known as sabeels, were set up along the route of the procession by various organisations and political parties. A traffic plan was also devised by the traffic police while the vehicular traffic was also diverted to alternative routes to facilitate the commuters.

Special security measures were adopted by the security agencies as the pillion-ridding was banned as well as the cellular service remained suspended from where the procession passed through. All the routes leading towards the culmination point were blocked with containers, commercial areas were closed and movement other than procession’ participants remained banned.

A large number Rangers and police personnel were also deployed as well as various scouts also tendered their services for security. The security measures were also monitored in the command and control room.

Foolproof security arrangements were made for the Chehlum by law enforcement agencies. More than 17,000 police officials and personnel performed the security duties across the province while in Karachi, as many as 5311 officers and jawans with 82 mobile vans, 65 motorcycle squads and seven armoured personnel carriers (APCs) were deployed for the security of the main procession of Chehlum in Karachi. Apart from the law enforcers, more than 5000 volunteers from different Shia scouts also performed the security duties. The central procession was also monitored through as many as 300 CCTV cameras installed at around 72 points.

Sharp-shooters were also deployed on top of the high-rise buildings. Strict surveillance was also conducted through watch towers around Nishter Park.

In Karachi, some 100 big and small processions were taken out while 460 Majalis were also held on the occasion of Chehlum.

The inspector general police also ordered the police officials concerned to ensure the security during the day while also directed the DIGs, SSPs and SHOs to ensure the presence at the processions to avoid any untoward incident.  Separately, adviser to Chief Minister on Information and Law Barrister Murtaza Wahab visited command and control center at Karachi Commissioner Office.

The adviser while talking to the media persons said that strict security arrangements have been made on the Chehlum and police, Rangers and other law enforcement agencies were put on alert.

During his visit, the advisor also expressed his concern as no female was working at command and control, directing to appoint a woman employee as Pakistan Peoples Party ‘believed’ in equal gender. Barrister Wahab made a call and register a complaint against acute of water supply and within a few seconds he checked the complaint and showed his satisfaction over the response.

He also visited the Frere Garden, Abdullah Haroon Road,  Metropole Hotel Road and directed Commissioner Karachi to remove cables, telephones and other wires because the rich heritage most of them situated in district South is not highlighted due to the ugly wires system. The Advisor directed the commissioner Karachi to make them sure for beautification of Karachi it is very necessary to make proper mechanism and beautiful look to the face of the city. Secretary Information Abdul Rasheed Solangi, Director Press Information Zeenat Jehan Siddiqui were also accompanied with the Advisor during his visits.

While briefing the adviser, the commissioner Iftikhar Shallwani said that command and control centre is playing vital role regarding any emergency. “It is a liaison between the Sindh government departments and Commissioner Karachi Control Room,”

The Commissioner said that integrated rescue 1299 in order to meet any emergency with regards to the revamping of rescue 1299 is enhanced.  Iftikhar Shalwani discussed the matter at different forums with a view that it is very imperative to establish a rapid response center having a good presence of technical and knowledgeable personalities and equip them with electronic equipment for the purpose of the monitoring of information.

KANDHKOT: Mourning processions of Chehlum of Imam Hussain (RA) were held peacefully throughout Kashmore here on Tuesday.

The chehlam was observed with religious enthusiasm and zest throughout Kashmore as many as seven different processions were taken out from various parts of the city while it’s merged in to the main procession which was passed through its traditional routes such as Tower road, main road, bank road, library Chowk finally culminated at Wadesha Imambargah. However, thousands of the mourners and devotees including women and children participated in the processions as well as gatherings.

It was observed that extra ordinary security arrangements were made by police and Rangers on the routes of the procession whereas all roads, streets were completely sealed for all kind of traffic and pedestrian.

To avert any untoward situation more than 2,500 police personnel were deputed along with the processions. According to police, they established extra 100 check posts at the Sindh Punjab and Sindh Baluchistan bordering areas as well as entry and exit points. Sharpshooters were also deployed at multiplied buildings.

Police personnel also recorded videos of the processions as part of security strategy. When this scribe contacted to Kashmore SSP Haidar Raza he pleased to announce that no untoward incident was reported from anywhere from district while all the mourning processions were crossed peacefully.

He said that the police had made elaborate security arrangements to ensure peace on the chehlam more than 2,300 police while six DSPs, 23 SHOs and 2,400 constables had performed their duties.

Moreover to avert any untoward situation police and Rangers carried out jointly search operations and snap since October 15, checking across Kashmore. Pillion riding was completely banned, all shopping centres, markets, shops, hotels, restaurants remained closed throughout the day.

 MIRPURKHAS: Chehlum of Imam Hussain (RA) was also observed in Mirpurkhas.

Dozen processions were taken out in the city and other towns of the district amid strict security arrangements. However all the processions passed from their fixed routs and ended at shrine Makhan Shah.

Emergency first aid camps were also installed at post office and market chowk. Mirpurkhas SSP Abid Ali Baloch supervised the chehlum by monitoring the processions with the help of CCTV cameras.

However no any untoward incident was reported from any part of the city as well as other areas of the district till filing of the news.