Peaceful Muharram processions in KP
The first 10 days of Moharram passed off peacefully in the length and breadth of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Even the areas, which the various intelligence agencies had declared as sensitive (like the districts of Kohat and Dera Ismail Khan) remained largely calm. This became possible due to the mutual coordination of police, religious scholars and the general public. Until a few years back, Peshawar used to have about 120 big and small imambargahs. Nearly all of the functional imambargahs followed the SOPs. The Zuljinah processions followed the mutually agreed traditional routes, which had been allotted for the purpose by the district administration. The processions were accompanied by ambulances fully equipped with the first-aid kits. Inside the ambulance vans, duly qualified male and female nurses remained vigilant to cope with any situation in an emergency. The mourners remained disciplined. Due to the new variants of the covid-19 pandemic, the health department had directed the children and the elderly persons to stay home. Most of the mourners carried the vaccination certificates issued by the NADRA. The same was the case with the staff on duty. Whether in uniform or in plainclothes, the staff had been vaccinated. This was done by each and every related institution. The purpose was to avoid a situation, in which the health authorities could blame the organisers for any possible spread of the covid-19 pandemic.