Eid Milad festivities in full swing in Pakistan

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SHAFAQNA – Citizens of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are finalising preparations to celebrate Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) with religious festivity on Thursday.

The homes, mosques, public, private buildings, schools, colleges are being decorated with colourful lights, buntings and flag garlands to observe the birthday of Holy Prophet (PBUH). Ceremonial gates have been installed in various parts of both cities. Various religious organisations have finalised the schedule of Milad processions from different parts of both cities.

Vendors have established a number of stalls at various points of the both cities selling banners, badges, stickers and flags inscribed with the slogans paying respect and reverence to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Most of the people including children are busy in decorating things with green flags as a demonstration of love and reverence with regard to the auspicious occasion. The city roads, streets are also decorated with green flags and illuminated with lights.

In this regard, capital city police holidays have been cancelled till December 31 due to security concerns and all the police personnel have been directed to remain present on duty. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sajid Kiyani has said that the security will remain on high alert on the eve of Eid Milad-un-Nabi, winter vacations and special security plan has been devised for the churches on the eve of Christmas. He further said that three thousand police personnel would perform their duties till 31st and special attention is being paid to ensure security of highly sensitive areas and buildings.

Around 3,500 police officials will be deployed in Rawalpindi district to ensure security for the processions taken out on Eid Milad-un-Nabi. On the special directives of Rawalpindi City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Ahmed Abassi, police department is making concerted efforts with the help of other departments for maintaining law and order and to avert any untoward incident. According to reports, under the security plan prepared for 12 Rabi-ul-Awwal, foolproof security arrangements have been finalised while over 1,500 police personnel will provide security to the main Eid Milad procession in the city. Police reserves will also be on high alert for 12 Rab- ul-Awwal to meet any eventuality.

According to Rawalpindi police spokesperson, ulemas and religious scholars of different sects have been taken onboard to promote religious harmony in the city. Additional force of special branch police, elite force, lady police and motorcycle squads along with the members of district peace committee and district police officials will be deployed to ensure security for Eid Milad.

About 2,000 personnel will be deployed in other tehsils of the district to ensure the security of the faithful. Security arrangements have also been made for Taxila, Wah, Gujar Khan,Murree, Kahuta and other areas. Strict checking of vehicles is being carried out at entry and exit points of the city. There would be strict monitoring of the processions while close circuit television (CCTV) cameras have also been installed to ensure security. Parking of vehicles will not be allowed on the route of the procession.

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