Islamabad: The Chehlum – that ends the 40-day mourning period commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Husain (RA) in the battle of Karbala – is being observed today (Thursday) with religious fervour, due reverence and solemnity across Pakistan.
Strict security measures have been formulated and implemented in many cities, including Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, and Quetta.
Special arrangements are made regarding civic facilities and security by law enforcement and local administration, including a heavy deployment of police, suspension of mobile phone services and a ban on pillion riding.
Mourning processions are being taken out in various major cities with the participation of thousands of mourners.
Traffic police have been directed to make alternative route plan for the public to ensure smooth flow of traffic on roads of the cities during processions. All the small roads and lanes leading to the routes of Chehlum processions have been blocked to stop unwanted entry.
Walkthrough gates have been installed at several entry points of the Chehlum processions and the monitoring of the procession would be done through CCTV cameras.
Meanwhile, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have also been implemented to prevent the spread of coronavirus.