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LAHORE (Staff Report) – Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, is a period of mourning for Muslims. During the month they commemorate the death of Hussain ibn-e-Ali, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and the third Shia Imam, at the Battle of Karbala. The mourning events reach a climax on Ashura, the tenth day of the month, which falls this week.


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Here we take a look at the Ashura processions in major cities of Pakistan.

Islamabad

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In Islamabad, the main procession will begin and culminate at the central Imambargah in Sector G-6.

 

Lahore

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Central procession in Lahore will start from Nisar Haveli, Mochi Gate, and will end at Karbala Gamay Shah, where Shaam-e-Ghareebaan (Night of the oppressed) will be observed.

Since 19th century, it is one of the biggest Ashura processions in South Asia.

 

Karachi

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In Karachi, central procession will start from Nishter Park. The procession will pass MA Jinnah Road, Empress Market, Regal Chowk, Tibet Center and end at Hussainia Iranian Khaaradar.

 

Rawalpindi

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In Rawalpindi, central procession will start from Imam Bargaah Colonel Maqbool at 10 am and end, after passing through the traditional routes, at Qadeemi Imam Bargaah at 9 pm.

 

Peshawar

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Central procession, in Peshawar, will begin at 11 am and end at Manazil in the night.

 

Quetta

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At 7.30 am, central procession will start from Imam Bargaah Hussaini, in Quetta. It will arrive at Punjabi Imam Bargaah, Alamdar Road, after evening prayer.

Multan

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In Multan, central procession will begin from Aastana Lal Shah and end after reaching the shrine of Shah Shams.