Srinagar: Today, on 8th day of Muhharam, curfew like restrictions have been imposed in Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir to prevent processions of Shia Muhhram.
A senior police officer told our reporters, “Restrictions have been imposed in Maisuma, Kralkhud, Kothibagh, Ram Munshibagh, Shergarhi, Shaheedgunj, Karan Nagar and Batmaloo areas to maintain law and order in Srinagar.”
Shia will be making 12th Muhharam procession, tomorrow and the government is not allowing the procession after outbreak of military in the state.
Besides civilian movement, restrictions will also be imposed on vehicular movements said a spokesman.
Shia muslims mourners take out this procession every year from guru bazaar to commemorate the death of Hussain, the grand son of prophet of Islam. He was martyred 1435 years ago with his family in Iraq’s Karbala town.
Since the beginning of separatist violence in Kashmir in 1990s, authorities have been trying to obstruct Muharram processions in Srinagar to prevent miscreants from triggering sectarian clashes. Only small mourning rallies and processions are given nod with a very a limited gathering.
A resident said to the reporters of TeCake, “the government declared curfew without even giving a warning. People are not even able to go to hospitals even when they are showing them the receipt of the hospitals. Resident have to face a lot of problems.” They demonstrated their anger with the fact that government has not even told about the curfew before and it is imposed a day before the day of Muhharam.
Furthermore, The Pakistan Interior Ministry announced on Saturday that cellular phone services at selected sensitive places throughout the country will be suspended during 9th and 10th of Muharram.
“Its central control room was working round the clock to monitor the security situation through the country during Muharramul Haram and it was in touch with the provincial governments as well as all intelligence agencies. Cellular phone services might also be jammed for limited timings only at selective sensitive locations for 9th and 10th of Muharram,” in a statement issued by the ministry.