The federal government on Friday announced two holidays for the upcoming Youm-e-Ashura.The government has declared August 18 and 19 as public holidays to mark Youm-e-Ashura, said a notification from the Ministry of Interior.
Earlier this week, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee sighted the Muharram-ul-Haram moon, which rings in the new Islamic year, 1443 AH.
The government has decided to deploy army troops across the country from Muharram 1 to 13. A security plan has been devised for the processions as well. The Pakistan Army with help the civil security forces.
In Sindh, a ban has been placed on pillion riding from Muharram 8 to 10 under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. No one can carry any arms or ammunition with the exception of law enforcers. More than five people cannot gather unless there is a procession, majlis, or tazia.
The ban on pillion riding does not apply to women, children below 12 years of age, senior citizens, journalists, disabled persons, law enforcers, and employees of essential services.
The day of Ashura is marked by Muslims across the world to commemorate the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions on Muharram 10.The government of Pakistan announces two public holidays on Muharram 9 and 10 every year.