Thousands of Shia mourners have poured into the streets in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore to commemorate the Day of Ashura, amid increased bombings and attacks by the pro-Taliban militants, Press TV reports. The mourners thronged in the Shia mosques across the city on Sunday and joined Ashura processions to mark the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). Recent militant attacks on mourners have not stopped them from joining the processions across Pakistan. Heavily armed militants have targeted religious ceremonies in different regions of the country over the past days.
At least 50 Shia Muslims have been killed in various attacks across Pakistan since the beginning of the month of Muharram.Security forces have been on high alert over fears of large-scale attacks on Shia Muslims across the country, as al-Qaeda-linked militants have threatened to carry out more attacks against Shias. Islamabad temporarily suspended mobile phone services in major cities to prevent terror attacks during Muharram. Ijaz Ahmad Khan, a member of Punjab Provincial Assembly, told Press TV, “We have deployed more than 25,000 law enforcing people and they will definitely provide security to each and every procession. We have… in support for the police… volunteers provided with the management of the processions” who check the mourners before entering the processions. AO/HSN