Rawalpindi-Youm-e-Ashur was observed peacefully in the city on Thursday (10th Muharram) with traditional religious spirit to commemorate the sacrifices of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his 72 companions in Karbala battle field. 

Effective security arrangements were witnessed in Islamabad during Ashura processions and strict patrolling and effective policing helped in ensuring peaceful conduct of religious gatherings in the city. 

Inspector General of Police Islamabad Qazi Jamil ur Rehman on Friday appreciated the efforts of Operations Division and Traffic Police for making effective arrangements and also thanked other law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders in successful implementation of the security plan.

He lauded the efforts of DIG (Operations) Afzaal Ahmed Kausar and SSP (Operations) Syed Mustafa Tanveer who devised effective security plan and ensured implementation. A control room was also set up at Safe City Islamabad and effective coordination was maintained among all wings. 

 According to details, personnel of Islamabad police were assigned patrolling and security duties. All processions were completely cordoned off through heavy deployment. Following the security plan, all SPs, SDPOs, SHOs and other police officials themselves visited the routes of processions and ensured effective coordination among the security personnel performing duties. 

Police officials guided the cops and boosted their morale in accomplishing duties in a responsible manner. Close liaison was maintained with peace committees and organizers of Majalis and processions. 

Cooperation of organizers was ensured with the police and law enforcing officials. Hundreds of religious gatherings (Majalis) and processions were held in the city and strict security arrangements on these occasions and special checking of participants was also observed. Metal detectors were used for checking of participants of Majalis, processions and high vigilance was maintained by the police officials which helped in peaceful holding of all events in connection with Muharram. 

“Whether there is challenge during coronavirus or of security, Islamabad police performed effectively,” IGP Islamabad Qazi Jamil ur Rehman said adding that all out efforts would be made to come upto the expectations of the people. He also asked for such elaborate measures for gatherings in coming days. Foolproof security arrangements were made by Rawalpindi police under command of City Police Officer (CPO) Muhammad Ahsan Younas and SSP Operations Rai Mazhar.

Police was also assisted by personnel of law enforcement agencies to maintain law and order situation in district.

Members of District Peace Committee also assisted the LEAs in the process. Massive search operations were also carried out across the district arresting suspects and shifting them to unknown locations for further probe.

Following the directions of City Police Officer (CPO) Muhammad Ahsan Younas, police jawans equipped with automatic weapons were present in and around the Imambargahs as well as on the routes of mourning processions to avoid any danger.  Deputy Commissioner (DC) Amir Aqeeq Khan along with his team also visited the main route of procession and witnessed the arrangements being made to facilitate the mourners.

Similarly, the city traffic police also facilitated the commuters and mourners.

“A total of 64 processions were carried out while 113 Majalis were held during Ashura and due to stringent security arrangements made by police, not a single untoward incident occurred,” said CPO. He said a total of 8000 well-equipped cops were deployed to shield the main processions and the Majalis.

“Sharp shooters were also deployed on high roof buildings along with main route to keep a vigil on suspects,” the city police chief said.

Moreover, walkthrough gates were installed at all the entry points of mourning processions with security personnel having metal detectors to check the mourners before entering the premises, he said.

Thousands of people set up “sabeels” of sweet water, milk and distributed rice among the mourners.

Earlier, the day began with Aamal-e-Ashoora in mosques. Quaid-i-Millat Jafariya Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi led the Aamal at Ali Masjid Satellite Town. 

In Rawalpindi, main Youm-e-Ashur procession was taken out from Imambargah Ashiq Hussain Teli Mohallah, Imambargah Col Maqbool Hussain and Imambargah Hifazat Ali Shah situated at Bohar Bazar. The mourning procession passed through its traditional routes of Jamia Masjid Road, Sarafa Bazaar, Fawara Chowk, College Road, Liaquat Road, Babra Bazaar, Committee Chowk, Trunk Bazaar, Bara Market and Bunni Chowk. After, the mourners held “Sham-e-Gariban” at Qadeemi Imambargah. 

The mourners performed “Zanjir Zani” to commemorate the sacrifices of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his 72 companions. Zuljinah, Alam Mubarik, Taazia, Mehndi Shahzada Qasim (AS), Gehwara Masoom Ali Asghar (AS), Taboot Imam Aali Muqaam (AS) and other Taburrakaat were included in the Ashura procession. Quaid-i-Millat Jafariya Pakistan Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi participated in the procession, offered Ziarat of the Taburrakaat and performed Matamdari. 

“Like rest of the world, Ashura was commemorated across Pakistan in the memory of the Holy Prophet’s grandson Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his 72 faithful companions,” he said. 

“Those who call themselves Jihadis must turn themselves towards Jihad in Kashmir rather than killing other Muslims,” Moosavi said.

He added we accepted imprisonments and jails only to thwart sanctions imposed on Azadari by a dictator and consequently obtained the “Moosavi-Junejo agreement” which eliminated sanctions from Azadari. 

He stressed that government must not deviate from Moosavi-Junejo agreement and warned that whoever collides with Hussainis gets destroyed.

Later, after performing Zanjir-Zani at Fawara Chowk, the participants of the main Ashura procession reached Raja Bazar and Purana Qila where Zuljinah processions were taken out from Imambargah Kashmirian Tyre Bazar and Darbar Shah Chan Chiragh also merged into the main procession. The main Chehlum procession terminated at Imambargah Qadeemi after passing through Jamia Masjid Road and Imambara Chowk.