The moon announcing the start of Muharram, the first month of Islamic Calander, has been sighted; therefore, the first of the month to be on 15th October (Thursday).
The Central Ruit-e-Hilal Committee held the session in Karachi to sight the moon and it announced today that first of Muharram will be on Thursday, the 15th of October meaning the 9th and 10th of Muharram, Aashora Days’ would be observed on October 23 and 24 respectively.
As per the yearly holidays in Pakistan, the 9th and 10 of Muharram are taken off in both public as well as government sectors. Hence, all the offices and major departments will be closed on these dates (Friday & Saturday).
Keeping in mind the security concerns, the government, like always, has beefed up the forces to ensure the security in the major cities and the particular areas where Shiites’ processions are seen. The Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has already directed the to place heavy forces alongside the areas where gathering of Shiites are expected during the particular days of this month.