RAWALPINDI/ISLAMABAD (ISRAR AHMED & Syed Danish Hussain) – All is set to celebrate Eid-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) today with religious zeal and fervour in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.Tight security arrangements have been made by the Pindi police to maintain law and order situation with imposition of ban on pillion riding for two days by District Coordination Officer (DCO) Saqib Zafar.Punjab Emergency Service (PES) Rescue 1122 rescuers have also been put on alert to tackle any emergency situation on Eid Milad-un-Nabi (SAW).According to details, the buildings (governmental and semi-governmental), shopping malls, plazas, markets, private colleges, schools, towns, roads, streets and mosques have been decorated with green-colored buntings, colored-bulbs, huge portraits of Masjid-e-Nabvi (SAW) and Khana Kahba to mark the festivities in connection with the birthday of the Holy Prophet (SAW). The Milad committees of various areas chalked out a number of programmes such as Na’at competitions and Mehfil-e-Darood-o-Salam to pay homage to Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) while a large number of people specially women also will hold Mehfil-e-Milad at their homes to express their love and respect to Prophet (SAW).The processions and public gatherings will also be organized to commemorate the advent of Allah’s beloved Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) in this world. Mehfil-e-Milads and Na’at competitions will also be arranged by the managements of private schools and colleges to celebrate Eid Milad-un-Nabi (SAW).According to the programme, chalked out by Milad Committees of city and Cantt, a main procession of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) will be taken out from the city while two processions will be carried out from Cantt area.The main procession, being taken out under the supervision of Markazi Milad Committee, Markazi Seerat Committee and Markazi Seerat and Milad Committee, will be led by caretaker Eid Gah Sharif Pir Muhammad Naqib-ur-Rehman with participation of legislators and people from different walks of life.The other two processions will be started from Chungi Number 22 and Ghausia Haveli, Girja Road at 9:30am and will pass through Tench Bhata, Mughal Abad, Ali Road, Abid Majid Road, RA Bazaar, Kashmir Road, GPO Chow and Bank Road.Similarly, small and big processions of Eid Milad-un-Nabi will also be taken out from Dhama Syedan, Morgah, Kalyal, Adyala Road, Dhamial, Hayyal and Chakri Road.Meanwhile, DCO Saqib Zafar imposed ban on pillion riding for two days and stopped the citizens from standing on the rooftops falling in the way of the processions. The display of all kinds of weapons and fireworks has also been banned by the DCO and in case of violation criminal cases would be filed against the violators.To maintain law and order situation, district police made foolproof arrangements with deployment of 4000 police cops including officers along with the routes of processions to avoid any untoward incident on the occasion.Moreover, City Traffic Police (CTP) Rawalpindi have also chalked out a plan for the Eid-Milad-un-Nabi under which 470 traffic wardnes would be deployed for the smooth flow of traffic on city roads on 12 Rabi ul Awwal. Separately, Rescue 1122 has been put on alert to meet any kind of emergency.According to the Rescue 1122 spokesman, emergency vehicles would be deputed at sensitive areas along with trained emergency staff to provide immediate pre-hospital emergency cover if needed. In Rawalpindi, more than 350 rescuers would remain on special duties in District Control Room, Emergency Rescue Stations with 8 fully equipped ambulances, 12 fully equipped fire trucks, 3 rescue and recovery vehicles and 2 water boozers.    Similarly, the CDA has made comprehensive arrangements for celebrating the Eid Milad-un-Nabi and has illuminated major buildings of the federal capital. The Parliament House, Cabinet Block, Secretariat buildings, Foreign Office, CDA Chairman Office and Fire Headquarters have been illuminated on the occasion.Chairman CDA Syed Tahir Shahbaz, while presiding over a meeting here at CDA Headquarters reviewed the arrangements in this regard. Member Engineering, Sanaullah Aman, apprised the meeting that CDA had made special arrangements for illuminating the government buildings. He said that special teams have been constituted to oversee the arrangements. Chairman CDA, Syed Tahir Shahbaz directed the Sanitation Directorate for cleanliness of the city on this prestigious and holly occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi. He also directed the Water Wing and other formations of the Authority to facilitate the participants of processions in different parts of the city on this occasion. He called upon the residents of the federal capital to participate in the celebrations and pray for the solidarity of the nation and prosperity of the country.

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