Security beefed up in Sialkot

SIALKOT: As many as many as 154 Tazia, Alam and Zuljinah processions will be taken out in Sialkot district amid tight security, which will pass through their traditional routes.

The processions would be terminated at the main Imambargahs at Imam Sahib Chowk, Adda Pasruriyan and the other Zuljinah processions coming from the different areas will merge in the main procession at Chowk Shaheedan Sialkot city. Thousands of the mourners will walk in the processions and express their grief by wailing, beating their chests and flagellating themselves with hands and knife-fitted chains.

District Coordination Officer (DCO) Iftikhar Ali Sahu stated this while giving a detailed briefing to visiting Commissioner Gujranwala Division Khawaja Shamail Ahmed during an important meeting held here to review the Youm-e-Aashur security arrangement here Wednesday.

DCO added that Youm-e-Aashur, the 10th of Muharram would be observed with reverence, religious solemnity in district peacefully amid tight security. He said that the district police was successfully implementing a foolproof security plan to ensure peace and complete sectarian harmony during Muharram.

The Zakirs, Naat Khawans and other religious scholars will also highlight the significance of the supreme sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions who laid down their lives for supremacy of justice and righteousness. Water and milk Sabeels will also be set up to quench the thirst of the mourners, in stark contrast to the situation of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions who were denied even a drop of water by their heartless enemies.

Sham-e- Ghareeban Majaalis will also be held in which the faithful will express grief at the treatment meted out to Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his near and dear ones.

Later, the DCO Iftikhar Ali Sahu told the newsmen that the district police had chalked a foolproof security plan to ensure peace and promote religious harmony among all the sects during Muharram. He added that the police have adopted extraordinary measures for protecting the processions and the rallies taken out at various places, besides, in this connection all the concerned quarters should also be directed strictly to do their job with honesty. He said that the police force had been provided modern and sophisticated weapons to avert any untoward incident.

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