KARACHI: The martyrdom day of Hazrat Ali (RA) – Youm-e-Ali – is being observed across the country with religious fervour and reverence amid tight security.
Mourning processions are being taken out in various cities of the country to mark the day.
The M.A. Jinnah Road of Karachi has been blocked for traffic while heavy police contingents have been deployed along the main route of the Youm-e-Ali procession in the city.
Traffic police and security agencies have prepared plans for traffic and security in Pakistan’s various cities ahead of Youm-e-Ali, which is being observed on Wednesday (today).
Youm-e-Ali, observed on the 21st of Ramazan, sees large processions across the country commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Ali (RA).
Security agencies and traffic police in different cities of the country have prepared plans to ensure peaceful observance of the occasion and smooth flow of traffic on the day.
Around 5,572 policemen performing duty in the metropolis on Youm-e-Ali, according to the Sindh police sources.
At least, 72 police vehicles, 65 motorcycles, seven armored vehicles will also be the part of the security plan for Youm-e-Ali processions.
The central procession in Karachi will be taken out from Nishtar Park and will be concluded at Hussainian Iranian Imambargah in Kharadar.
Inspector General of Police Sindh, Allah Dino Khawaja has directed officials to ensure the special security of imam bargahs.
Caretaker Sindh Chief Minister Fazlur Rehman, presiding over a meeting on law and order situation on Monday, reviewed the security arrangements for Youm-e-Ali.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Sukkur, Khadim Hussain Rind has vowed foolproof security arrangements in Sukkur on Youm-e-Ali.
He said that the special branch officials and police response unit would patrol around the route of the central procession.
About 3,000 police personnel will guard the main Youm-e-Ali (RA) procession in Rawalpindi, which will begin from Mohanpura late Tuesday night.
Moreover, CCTV cameras have been installed at the route of the procession. Bomb disposal squad will check the route before the start of the procession and walk-through gates will also be installed at the entry points of the procession.
Police and other law-enforcement agencies will put in place special measures to finalize a security plan for the observance of Youm-e-Ali in Lahore.
According to the police, additional police officials along with personnel of Dolphin and Police Response Unit will perform security duty at the central procession while police vehicles, motorcycle squads, and others will also be on duty.
The central procession will start from imam bargah Mubarak Haveli, inside Akbari Mandi, and will reach its destination after passing through the designated route.
For the security of main procession, snipers would be deployed on the rooftop along the route.