On Tuesday, the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain the martyr of Karbala will be observed with traditional religious dignity.
Concerning security, the Sindh and Punjab government has banned double ridding on motorcycles today on account of Chehlum. However, females, children less than 12 years of age, senior citizens and media persons holding official cards as well as CNIC will be excused from this order.
Under the security plan, more than 5,000 policemen are deployed on the routes connecting to the venue of Chehlum’s central procession, whereas, over 1,500 traffic police personnel are performing duties.
The Chehlum observance takes place 40 days after the Day of Ashura and commemorates the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain and his 72 companions by Yazidi forces in the Battle of Karbala in 61 A.H.
Event of Chehlum of Imam Hussain
Officials will heighten security across Pakistan for the Shi’a observance of Chehlum Sept. 27-28. Worshipers will stage processions to and from imambargahs (traditional Shi’a congregation halls), mosques, and other sites. Authorities will deploy security personnel around Shi’a religious sites and near procession routes, especially in major urban centers like Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore. Officials will also suspend mobile phone services nationwide Sept. 27 as a precaution. While authorities have not disclosed any specific threats, Sunni militant organizations may target the Shi’a minority gatherings during religious observances.
Security personnel will likely set up additional checkpoints on major roadways and increase security at malls, markets, and other soft targets as a precaution. Road closures and traffic restrictions are probable. Processions could prompt severe traffic delays and business disruptions, especially in areas with significant Shi’a populations. Violence is possible in many areas, particularly in major cities. Religious groups may protest if local authorities ban any planned events; clashes are also possible if police attempt to enforce COVID-19 restrictions during permitted gatherings. Officials may impose temporary localized telecommunication restrictions in response to militant attacks and sectarian violence.
Avoid any Chehlum processions as a precaution. Limit exposure to places of worship, large concentrations of police, soldiers, and paramilitaries, and crowded sites throughout the country. Confirm travel arrangements and business appointments. Follow all official instructions. Make allowances for telecommunication disruptions.