Gilgit: Ashura processions, marking the day when Imam Hussain (AS), the grandson of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), was martyred in the plains of Karbala (Iraq), were peacefully held today in different parts of the Gilgit-Baltistan region. Strict security measures were put in place to thwart any untoward incident.
The central procession in Gilgit consisted of around 32 groups of mourners. The mourners praised the grandson by of the holy prophet by reciting Nohas and Marias, and many also performed self-flagellation to express their grief over the heinous martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS) and his family, friends and supporters, in the year 680 CE (10th Muharram 61 AH).
Processions were also taken out in Hunza-Nagar, Gilgit, Astore, Skardu and Ghangche districts.
Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan participated in a procession in Gilgit, along with GBLA Deputy Speaker Jamil Ahmed and Chief Secretary Gilgit-Baltistan.
Personnel of Police, Rangers, Gilgit-Baltistan Scouts were performing security duties. Members of the Imamia Scout were also on duty. Companies of the Pakistan Army were also put on security duties in Astore, Gilgit and Skardu.
Rescue 1122 officials were seen providing medical aid to the mourners.