Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has banned Youm-i-Ali processions, allowing majalis to be held with SOPs.
The KP relief department in a notification said that in line with the ban on religious congregations during the Covid-19 emergency, processions “of any nature” will not be allowed on Youm-i-Ali in the province.
The notification issued says, “In Pursuance of the Emergency regarding COVID-19 already declared and the reason recorded in this Department notification of even No. Dated 31st March 2020.
Placing Government, for purposes of clarity, is pleased to direct that such limitations are also applicable to religious processions of any and all nature.
In pursuance of that, it is clarified that procession of any nature on the occasion of YOum-e-Ali shall not be allowed, Majalis may be held in Imam Bargahs while strictly ensuring social/physical distancing principles are applicable to all other religious congregations.”