Rawalpindi/islamabad - Like other parts of the country, the Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) will be celebrated in the twin cities today with religious fervour.
On the occasion, Milad processions would be carried out besides other activities. The authorities in the sister cities have chalked out comprehensive plans to ensure security to the procession as well as lives and properties of the people.
In Islamabad, strict patrolling will be ensured for the main procession and other gatherings, as per the plan finalised in a meeting headed by Senior Superintendent of Police Sajid Kiani. As many as 2,000 cops, including Quick Response Force, Anti-Terrorists Squad and police commandoes besides contingents of Rangers and FC will perform patrolling and security duties on the occasion.
The main procession starting from Sector G-7 will be cordoned off through heavy deployment. The procession will be carried out from Sitara Market and culminate near the shrine of Hazrat Sakhi Mehmud near Aabpara Market after passing through various routes, the police sources said.
Special teams of the CID and Special Branch police will assist in security duties. Officers including SPs will also visit various police posts on the route of the procession, check security duties and brief cops as how to ensure effective security.
Close liaison will be maintained with organisers of the main procession and other gatherings in the city. Walk-through gates will be installed at all the entry points of the procession and metal detectors will be used for checking the participants.
The SSP directed the patrolling officers to check motorcyclists in their respective areas, note down details about the riders and check their particulars. He also directed to enhance vigilance against suspects and ensure peace in their areas.
In the meantime, the authorities have declared high alert in PIMS to meet any emergency situation during the Eid Milad-un-Nabi. The ICT administration has requested the concerned authorities to make arrangements in the hospital to deal with any emergency. All head of departments of the hospital, doctors and paramedics and support staff has been directed to ensure availability to cope with the situation.
Also, Mayor of Islamabad and Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) Sheikh Anser Aziz presided over a meeting in connection with the arrangements made by Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) and the CDA for Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH). The meeting reviewed arrangements for Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH). The Mayor directed the officers of water supply, street lights division, sanitation directorate and other concerned formations of the MCI/CDA to assign special duties to the operational staff on the holy day. The mayor directed the officers of directorate of health services, capital hospital and Rescue 1122 to ensure presence of doctors, paramedics and other staff on duty on the day.
In Rawalpindi, the police have evolved a comprehensive security plan to ensure protection to the participants of Milad functions and processions. The City District Government has decided to not request for jamming mobile phone services in the city on the occasion. However, pillion riding has been banned in the city, though the aged, families and journalists will be exempted from the ban.
City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi told media on Thursday that as many as 3,500 cops would be deployed at different places to secure the processions. He said that Elite Force commandoes, Special Branch of Punjab police, Muhafiz Squad, Punjab Constabulary, traffic police and volunteers would remain alert to give backup to the operational staff.
Similarly, the traders’ representatives, district peace committee, seerat and Milad committees would also coordinate with the law enforcement agencies to ensure foolproof security on the sacred day, the CPO said.
He said that the police would strictly monitor the people moving near the processions. He said that Bomb Disposal Squad and Special Branch would also check the procession routes. “The movement of procession will be monitored through drone cameras” he said. He said that all bazaars, markets and working places on the procession routes would remain closed today.
On the other hand, District Commissioner (DC) Rawalpindi Talat Mehmood Gondal in a statement said that the mobile service would not be blocked in the city on the eve of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (SAW). He said that the district government had not moved a request to the Interior Ministry for off airing mobile signals.
Meanwhile, Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Chaudhry Shahid Ali Yusaf said traffic police have also devised a plan to control the traffic in the city and to facilitate the participants of the processions.
Meanwhile, in Adiala Jail, a special ceremony in connection with the Milad was organised in Women Ward. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Prisons Rawalpindi Naveed Rauf was the chief guest on the occasion. A Naat and Qirat competition was held among the women prisoners. At the end, the chief guest distributed prizes and trophies among the winners. Moreover, special gifts, sweets and food were also served to the prisoners.
ISRAR AHMED/tahir niaz