Relieved For A While

Procession.jpgThe 9th of Muharram procession passed off without an incident on Monday, much to the relief of security agencies. On their toes following Friday’s suicide attack outside in the Capital and the bomb blast in Peshawar a day later, the police and Rangers passed Monday’s test successfully.

Thousands of people, among them women and children, were part of the procession that began from the imambargah in G-6 and inched towards the Melody Civic Centre in almost four hours.

Gun-totting police had cordoned off the entire route and those wishing to join were thoroughly searched before being allowed in. Security personnel had set up specified spots for people wanting to link up with the procession away from the starting point.

The Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) played its part and ensured alternate routes were provided to motorists. Parking on one stretch of Fazal-e-Haq Road that runs a short distance away from the imambargah was not allowed. A fork-lifter remained in operation and was seen lifting quite a few cars violating the temporary ban. The main Ashura procession will begin from Rawalpindi on Tuesday.

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