Chehlum processions to begin across country amid tight security

Processions will be held across the country today to mark the Chehlum of the martyrs of Karbala.
Strict security arrangements are in place in the major cities and towns of the country to ensure the religious processions are held peacefully.
Mobile services will be suspended in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Peshawar, among other cities, during the course of the processions.
In Karachi, the main procession will start from Nishtar Park at 1pm and culminate at Hussainia Irania Imambargah in Kharadar.
Link roads leading to MA Jinnah Road have been sealed with containers, while snipers have deployed on rooftops along the procession’s routes.
Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras have also been installed to closely monitor activities on the procession routes with a dedicated ‘Command and Control Centre’.
A day earlier, the Sindh government had imposed a two-day ban on pillion riding across the province from November 9 to 10.
Aerial surveillance of processions will also be conducted.
In Rawalpindi, the procession will end at Imambargah Qadeemi.
In Peshawar, 3,500 police personnel have been deployed to secure the route of the processions.