Restrictions in Srinagar to prevent Muharram procession

Marsha Scott
October 2, 2017

Mobile phone services were totally shut down in Pakistan's biggest city on Saturday as a security measure for Muharram processions taken out by Shia Muslims.

In the past the service mostly remained suspended for security reasons on the ninth and 10th of the holy month.

Strict security arrangements are in place at all sensitive areas of the country, especially the routes of processions, to avert any untoward incident.

Earlier this week, provincial home minister Sohail Anwar Khan Siyal had asked the federal interior ministry to suspend mobile phone services in major cities of the province on 9 and 10 Muharram.

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Authorities on Friday imposed restrictions in areas under the jurisdiction of eight police stations here to prevent Tazia procession on the 8th day of Muharram.

As per details, M. A. Jinnah Road has been divided into 23 sub-sectors, while shops and all of the 287 entry points to M. A. Jinnah Road have been sealed. Scores of people were injured due to the use of brute force on mourners by Indian troops and police personnel in the city.Hundreds of students took out a Muharram procession in Kargil town, today.

The traditional Muharram procession used to pass through these areas, but have been banned since eruption of militancy in 1990 as authorities maintain that the religious gathering has been used for propagating separatist politics.

In order to keep law and order situation under complete control, the government also chose to ban pillion riding in sensitive cities of the country, including Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar, as part of Ashura security arrangements.

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