KARACHI: The main Alam procession of 9th Muharram-ul-Haram that emerged Friday morning from Nishter Park is on its traditional way amid stringent security arrangements destined for Hussainian Iranian Imambargah, Kharadar.
The procession was taken out from Nishter Park after a Markazi Majlis. The participants offered Namaz-e-Zohrain at Imambargah Ali Raza -at M.A.Jinnah Road.
All kind of traffic was blocked and not allowed to proceed towards the route of the procession from Guru Mandir (Roundabout).
However, alternate traffic arrangements were made by the Karachi traffic police for the convenience of vehicles approaching the route of procession.
Besides monitoring by the control rooms set up at the offices of the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners, aerial surveillance of the procession by the helicopter was also performed.
Entry of vehicles and pedestrians to all roads and lanes connecting the route of the procession were completely sealed by placing containers.
Earlier, the Bomb disposal squad also carried out sweeping of the route of main procession. All encroachments had already been removed from entire route and all shops and markets were sealed.
Staffers of rescue services, ambulances, fire brigade and bomb disposal squad were also available, besides officials of local administration to redress complaints regarding civic facilities.
The Sindh Home Department has banned the pillion riding while all cellular phones services were also suspended in view of the security arrangements.