By Rao Basit
KARACHI: Shaozab Raza is all geared up for the Ashura procession on Friday. He will guide mourners— and in case of an emergency he can stitch wounds and provide first aid.
Raza is among the several thousand boy scouts who will be performing duties on the 9th and 10th of Muharram when thousands of Muslim mourners gather to remember the tragic events at Karbala.
His duties involve guiding traffic, giving road directions, monitoring security checks and providing first aid.
Given the current security situation, and past events where Muharram processions have been attacked by terrorists, Raza is aware of the dangers to his life—but he continues unfaltering nevertheless believing that the fight against the Yazids of this time is the way of Hussain (A.S.).
During the month of Muharram, Scouts cover the major processions on 9th and 10th.
These groups establish camps for providing first aid to the mourners after they get injured while performing the sacrament in processions.Joint Secretary of Al Ghazi Scouts Raza said, “First aid is offered from our skilled scouts, who are present at all times in the camp. They can handle minor injury cases such as stitching wounds.”
“Boys Scouts Association provide support to local administrations and various associations of imambargahs at their request, such as security check posts, sabeel,first aid, guides and traffic controllers,” he said.
“[Helping out crowds]It’s not something that we do in Muharram only. On other occasions too, wherever able and trained people are needed, we are there.”
From National celebrations to earthquakes relief operations, the scouts groups always render their services with the same vigour.
Another member of Al Ghazi Scouts Asad Raza Rizvi said, “Not only Boys, girls are fully committed as various scout groups are keen to volunteer and face all challenges in crucial times.”
In the month of Muharram, the role of scouts is to monitor the processions and the internal arrangements of mourners.
In Pakistan, scouts operate under the name of Pakistan Boys Scouts Association.
Al Gahzi Scouts, Botarab Scouts, Pak Haidery and JDC welfare Scout are working to control the interior arrangements at processions and majlis venues.
Scouts also act as bridge between community and law enforcement agencies and the motto is to show peace and equality in our society and to support the administration.