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Youm-e-Ashur, the 10th of Moharram, is being observed on Thursday across the country with due solemnity to pay homage to the supreme sacrifice rendered by Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions at Karbala.

Muharram is the month of mourning for the seventh-century martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The mourning processions are being taken out in all the cities and towns of the country.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have also been issued for the processions to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

In connection with the 9th Muharram, Taazia and Zuljanah processions were taken out in different parts of the country.

The observance would be carried out under elaborate security arrangements whereas the departments concerned are fully alert to avoid any untoward incident during the course of the day.

Pillion riding banned and mobile phone services have been suspended along the procession routes.

The main procession in Karachi would start from Nishtar Park and would culminate at Hussainia Iranian Imambargah in Kharadar through the designated routes.

Other processions would also be held from Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Mirpur Khas, Sukkur and other cities of Sindh which would follow their scheduled routes.

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Processions are also being observed in various cities of Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, with heavy contingents of law enforcement personnel deployed along the routes.

In their separate messages on the occasion, President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan said the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions was a symbol of determination and perseverance that one should always side with the truth and never hesitate to sacrifice life for the cause.

President Alvi urged the nation to rise above hatred, malice and sectarianism in line with the teachings of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA).

"The nation should prepare for all kinds of sacrifices by becoming a metaphor of determination and stability for our religion, nation and country as this path leads to the success in the world and hereafter," the president said.

PM Imran urged the countrymen to pay tribute to Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) by supporting the truth and justice, besides thwarting every wicked tactic of the falsehood.

"Imam Hussain (RA) had become a symbol of force against falsehood and strength for all the movements fighting against tyranny in the times to come," the premier said.

Both leaders also asked the masses to ensure the implementation of Covid-19 SOPs for protection against the pandemic.

In his message on the occasion of Youm-e-Ashur, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhary said this day reminds us of the message of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his historic character.

"Youm-e-Ashur is the day of triumph of truth and righteousness," the information minister said. "The great sacrifice of Grandson of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wa Sallam Khatim un Nabiyeen exalted Islam."

The minister added the great sacrifice rendered by the companions of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) for the sanctity of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was a beacon of light for the whole world.

"Acting upon the teachings of Imam Hussain (RA), we should not refrain from any sacrifice for lofty goals, perseverance and truth," he added.


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