At least six people were killed and dozens fell unconscious due to suffocation during the procession of Muharram in Pakistan’s Sindh province on Monday. The incident happened in Rohri town.
“Six of the mourners in the procession passed away due to suffocation while dozens also fell unconscious or ill and were taken to hospital,” an official told news agency PTI.
Due to the stiffling heat and humidity, the size of the procession grew as it inched closer to the main Imambargarh.
Thousands of people took part in the procession as it revered for having a Karbala tazia for over five hundred years, local media reports said.
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MUHARRAM IN PAKISTAN
Processions were taken out in small and large cities of Pakistan on the 9th and 10th day of Muharram, which are public holidays. Security forces were deployed with army companies and surveillance cameras were also installed to monitor the procession.
Policemen and paramilitary rangers were deployed to provide security as thousands attended the main processions on the 9th of Muharram and Ashura across the country.
Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar. The 10th day of Muharram is known as Ashura. It is a day of bereavement, when Shia Muslims observe fasts, take out rallies and pray in remembrance of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Imam Hussain, who was martyred centuries ago at Karbala in Iraq.
(With PTI inputs)
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