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Pakistanis hold processions to pay tribute to Imam Hussein

Nair Kazmi
Press TV, Islamabad

Mourners across Pakistan have held processions to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, his family, and his companions on Ashura, the tenth day of the lunar month of Muharram.

Many Muslims also marked Tasu’a which falls on the 9th day of Muharram. Tasu’a is the day Imam Hussein and his companions were besieged by the enemy during the Battle of Karbala.

The processions were moving along their traditional, pre-determined routes in different cities and towns of the country, including Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Quetta and Peshawar.

Hundreds of security personnel were deployed in all major cities and towns of Pakistan to ensure that the processions would take place peacefully.

Muharram is a month of mourning for the followers of the third Shia Imam. On the 10th day of this month, Imam Hussain bin Ali, the grandson of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and seventy-two of his companions embraced Martyrdom in Karbala in southern Iraq.

Since then, each year the followers, through grief, sorrow and tears, commemorate the historic battle of Karbala, and keep alive its message of resistance against injustice and tyranny.

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