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Ashura processions come to a peaceful end across Gilgit-Baltistan

A horse decorated and prepared as the horse of Hazrat Imam Hussain, also known as Zuljanah, is traditionally part of the Ashura processions

Agha Rahat Hussain addressing participants of the Ashura procession
Agha Rahat Hussain addressing participants of the Ashura procession

PT Report | Photographs: Mon Digital 

Gilgit, November 15: The 10th day of Muharram, the first month of Islamic Calendar was peacefully observed across Gilgit-Baltistan, with religious zeal and zest. Huge processions were organized by Shia organizations in Gilgit, Hunza-Nagar, Baltistan, Astore and other parts of the region to remember the sacrifices of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A) and his companions during the war of Kaballa.

Hazrat Imam Hussain and his 72 companions were martyred then by an army led by Yazeed and his army in a brutal and inhumane manner.

The procession passes through the Jamatkhana Bazar
The procession passes through the Jamatkhana Bazar

The main procession in Gilgit emerged from the Jamia Imamia Masjid located in the Punial Road area. It crossed through different parts of the city and culminated at the place of its origin. During  the procession thousands of people mourned the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain by self-flagellation, reading Noha, and paying tribute to to the steadfastness of the Imam and his companions.

Mourners perform self-flagellation during the Ashura procession in Gilgit.
Mourners perform self-flagellation during the Ashura procession in Gilgit.

Processions were also held in Skardu, Ghanche, Nagar Valley, parts of Hunza and Astore, where thousands of devotees paid tributes to the martyrs.

Speaking at the procession in Gilgit, the Imam of Juma-wal-Jammat, Agha Rahat Hussain Al-Hussaini thanked the government, Masajid Board, the Ismaili Council, the administration, Pakistan Army, Rangers, GB Scouts and the police for contributing towards peaceful commemoration of Ashura.

A horse decorated and prepared as the horse of Hazrat Imam Hussain, also known as Zuljanah, is traditionally part of the Ashura processions
A horse decorated and prepared as the horse of Hazrat Imam Hussain, also known as Zuljanah, is traditionally part of the Ashura processions
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