KARACHI - Like other parts of the country, Eid Miladun Nabi (PBUH) will be celebrated with religious zeal and fervour in the city on Sunday (today). Special prayers will be offered for peace in the city and solidarity of the country on this auspicious day, when clerics will, in their sermons, highlight various aspects of the life of the holy Prophet (PBUH).

With mosques, government and private buildings, bazaars, shopping centres and roads aesthetically decorated with colourful banners and lights, the city seems to be a riot of colour.

To cope with any unwanted happening, strict measures have been put in place to ensure foolproof security on 12th Rabiul Awwal. Over 6,000 policemen will man the city, while all the police stations have also been put on high alert to provide security cover to hundreds of processions being taken out from various neighbourhoods. These small processions will merge with the central rally to be taken out from Bolton Market to Nishtar Park, where it will be addressed by Shah Turabul Haq Javed Hashmi, Wajahat Gilani, Sarwat Ejaz Qadri and other ulema. Walk-through gates have already been installed at the entrances to Nishtar Park and Memon Mosque. Besides, parking of vehicles on the routes of the central and other processions, around Nishtar Park and Memon Mosque has been strictly prohibited.

According to a police report, the Bomb Disposal Squad will comb the route of the main procession with the help of sniffer dogs, while policemen and snipers deployed on buildings rooftops will give an extra security cover to participants of the processions which, as per sources, are to be brought out from 70 different locations.

Meanwhile, the Karachi Municipality Corporation (KMC) has already carried out a cleanliness operation and finalised all arrangements for Eid Miladun Nabi (PBUH). As a mark of respect, posters of films and dramas installed on the routes of the processions have been removed on the orders of Commissioner Roshan Ali Sheikh. The Sindh Police chief on Saturday ordered that no police official would leave his/her designated point until participants of the processions return to their homes. The IGP directed that strict surveillance and snap-checking be carried out as proactive policing for the occasion of 12th Rabiul Awwal. Plainclothesmen have also been deployed around Nishtar Park and Memon Mosque on the advice of intelligence agencies for the fear of terrorist attacks.

The Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) procession will be taken out from PIB Colony under the supervision of the party’s provincial leader, Qari Saleem. Mahafil-i-Milad and similar public meetings are being arranged by various religious and social organisations in the city.