Hundreds of mourners from all over Sindh had travelled to Rohri on the 8th of Muharram to take part in the procession. Mehfil Shah-e-Khurasan hosted the traditional Sham-e-Gul procession. When some mourners rushed to pay their respects to Zareeh-e-Aqdas late at night, a stampede occurred, exacerbated by Rohri’s congested narrow lanes and humid weather. As a result, six people died, a dozen were injured, and several others fell unconscious.
The procession left Masjid Shah-e-Iraq in the Karbala grounds early on Monday. The procession remained in Mando Khabar until the afternoon. It then proceeded through Shahi Bazaar, Dhak Road, Wichoro Chowk, and Haider Shah Haqani Muhalla before arriving at Karbala Ground. Hundreds of mourners travel to Rohri every year to participate in the 550-year-old Sham-e-Gul procession.
In the rest of Sindh, 9th Muharram processions continued amid tight security in Khairpur, Shikarpur, Ghotki, Larkana, Hyderabad, and other cities. Many cities’ mobile networks remained down. A large contingent of police and Rangers was also deployed, according to DIGP Sukkur Javed Sonharo Jiskani.
Security measures have been strengthened to ensure the smooth passage of Yum-e-Ashur processions on Tuesday (today) Mobile networks are likely to be disrupted along the procession’s route. Rangers and police, as well as a contingent of the Pakistan Army, remained on the ground.