Stringent security arrangements ensured for 9th Muharram processions

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As a part of elaborate security measures to ensure that Ashura passes off without any untoward incident, mobile phone services have been suspended in Karachi and other parts of the country on Saturday (today).

Overall, the central government has made a decision to suspend mobile services in many parts of the country on the ninth and tenth day of Muharram.

Interior ministry has suspended mobile phone service via Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on the request of provincial government. Faisalabad, Jhang and adjoining districts in Punjab and areas in Karachi along with a few other districts of Sindh are among those experiencing the unannounced cellular service suspension from early Friday morning.

Authorities on Saturday imposed strict restrictions in many areas across Srinagar to prevent a Muharram procession, police said. M. A. Jinnah Road has been divided into 23 sub-sectors, whereas all 287 entry points to M. A. Jinnah Road, including the shops on the route have been sealed.

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The main Ashura procession in Karachi began from Nishtar Park with a Majlis (address) by Allama Shahenshah Hussain Naqvi.

In Islamabad, the main procession of 9th Muharram is being taken out from Imambargah G-6/2 and it will terminate at the same place after passing through the traditional routes.

Pillion riding has been banned across Sindh on 8th, 9th and 10th Muharram.

Police and paramilitary troopers were deployed in strength in the restriction bound areas and concertina wires were erected at various places to thwart any possible Muharram procession.