Rawalpindi - Eid Milad-un-Nabi was celebrated with religious zeal and fervour in the twin cities on Friday amid tight security.
The day dawned with 21-cannon salute in the federal capital while special prayers were also offered in the mosques during Fajr prayers for the safety and prosperity of the country. The local Milad committees took out rallies besides holding Naat and Qirat competitions with awarding prizes and trophies to the winners.
Similarly, houses, buildings, mosques, shrines, Imambargahs, markets, shopping malls, government and semi-government buildings, the Parliament House, Aewan-e-Sadr, Prime Minister House and other important buildings were decorated with colourful electric bulbs and buntings.
In Rawalpindi, on Murree Road and in cantonment and garrison areas, the local Milad committees also set up decorated stages along the roads while holding Naat and Qirat competitions.
Following the instructions of Regional Police Officer (RPO) Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja and City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi, strict arrangements were made to secure the processions and the various ceremonies held in connection with the Milad. “As many as 3,000 well-equipped cops guarded the processions,” said the CPO.
A visit by the RPO to Dawalmiar village in Chakwal, where a bloody clash had taken place between the locals and members of the Ahmadi minority community last year, leaving two dead and three injured, also remained helpful in maintaining law and order situation in the village this year.
In Islamabad, as many as 2,000 officers and cops provided security to the processions of Eid Milad-un-Nabi on the instructions of SSP (Operations) Sajid Kiyani.
The traffic in the twin cities were successfully controlled by traffic wardens and the Islamabad Traffic Police.
According to the details, the main Milad procession was taken out from Bansawala Chowk. Pir Naqib-ur-Rehman inaugurated the procession whereas Mayor Rawalpindi Sardar Nasim, former MNA Hanif Abbasi and others were also present on the occasion.
The police and district administration had placed containers and blocked all link roads towards Raja Bazaar from Committee Chowk, Liaqat Road, DHQ Hospital, Fawara Chowk and other areas.
Meanwhile, a security official told The Nation that a few security loopholes were reported as some walk-through gates were not functioning well while bikers were entering into the main procession without proper checking by the police. Similarly, the restaurants and markets remained opened. He also said that the participants of the procession were not frisked properly.
Similarly, another Milad procession was taken out from Jamia Masjid Hamdan under the leadership of Mayor Rawalpindi Sardar Nasim and MNA Malik Abrar. Awami Muslim League President and MNA Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed organised a special ceremony at Imambara Chowk to celebrate Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH).
An unpleasant incident took place at Naseerabad when irate participants of a ceremony barred PML-N MPA Malik Iftikhar from taking a seat on the stage and chanted slogans against him.
According to the details, a mehfil-e-milad had been organised at Qasimabad by one Sajid Saifi. The organiser of the mehfil, Shabeer Hussain Mughal of PTI, Masood Azhar and others were present on the stage when Malik Iftikhar came there to participate in the event. However, the people present on the stage and beneath stopped the MPA and started chanting slogans against him and former premier Mian Nawaz Sharif. On this, the MPA left the place.
In Rawalpindi, a large numbers of processions were organised where the police provided full security to the participants. Milad functions were also organised in houses, schools and colleges. The speakers threw light on the life of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and urged the people to act upon His teachings. Charity food including sweets and milk were also distributed among the people.
Also, a mehfil-e-milad was organised at Adiala Jail on Friday. On the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi Talat Mehmood Gondal and Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) Rawalpindi Region Navid Rauf were present on the occasion.
The ceremony started with recitation from the Holy Quran while the prisoners presented Naats. The speakers highlighted the teachings of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). The winners of Naat and Qirat competitions were given trophies and prizes. Special food was served to the prisoners on the occasion.
As many as 34 prisoners involved in minor crimes were released from jail on the occasion while the punishments of all the prisoners were decreased for two months following the instructions of Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shehbaz Sharif.
Meanwhile, the Milad was also celebrated in Wah Cantt. Central Seerat Committee in collaboration with the POF Central Welfare Department organised a Milad Procession which started from Milad Chowk.