KARACHI: Youm-e-Ali is being observed across the country to mark the martyrdom of Hazrat Ali (RA) and processions are being taken out amid strict security.
In Karachi, the MA Jinnah Road was blocked for traffic and police was deployed on the route of the Youm-e-Ali procession.
The Sindh government on Thursday issued notifications banning pillion riding for motorcycles and scooters and the use of â€˜heli-camsâ€™ for media coverage on the occasion on Youm-e-Ali.
Over 5,570 police personnel and officers were deployed across the city to protect the participants of the processions and Majalis.
Moreover, cellular services are also expected to be suspended in the city in light of Youm-e-Ali.
The main procession in Karachi will begin from Nishtar Park at 1pm and come to an end at Hussainian Iranian Imambargah, which is about eight kilometres away from the starting point.Â
Procession starts in Lahore
The initial Youm-e-Ali procession started from Lahoreâ€™s Imambargah Mubarak Haveli, inside Akbari Mandi, Saturday morning.
The procession will end at Karbala Gamay Shah.
Around 7,000 security officers have been deployed for the security along the route of the procession.
Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras are being used for monitoring the procession.Â
Security arrangements in Quetta
According to the police, as many as 4,000 security officers, including FC personnel, have been deployed to ensure security of Youm-e-Ali procession.Â
The procession will emerge from Alamdar Road.Â