Rawalpindi - The funeral prayer of four victims of Chitti Hattian blast was held here at Liaquat Bagh amid tight security.

The funeral prayer was led by Allama Raja Nasir Abbas Zaidi and attended by MQM MNA Mehboob Alam, PTI MPA Ijaz Khan Jazzi, and thousands of other people belonging to different walks of life. The law enforcement agencies beefed up the security inside and outside Liaquat Bagh deputing well equipped police commandoes and personnel of sensitive agencies in civvies and blocked all the roads leading towards Liaquat Bagh.

According to details, the funeral prayer of four blast victims occurred outside the Imambargah at Chitti Hattian. Earlier, the Rescue 1122 brought the dead bodies of victims to Liaquat Bagh where their relatives and family members burst into tears.

After the prayer, a large number of people started protesting and chanting slogans against the terrorists and attackers who played havoc in Chitti Hattian.

Allama Raja Nasir Abbas Zaidi and many others laid floral wreaths on the coffins of the victims and offered collective prayers for the departed souls. Later, three victims were laid to rest in Shah De Tahlian graveyard while the one was in Katarian amid sobs and tears.

A large number of people expressed their dismay and wonder over absence of leading political figures of the ruling party including former MNA Muhammad Hanif Abbasi, Malik Shakeel Awan and the MNA elected from NA-55 and Awami Muslim League President Sheikh Rashid Ahmed.

Meanwhile, the funeral prayer of martyred Constable Aman Ullah was held at Police Line Number 1 on Saturday. Police constable Aman Ullah was martyred during a powerful blast outside an Imambargah in Chitti Hattian on Friday last where a Mehfil-e-Milad was in progress. The funeral prayer was attended by Regional Police Officer (RPO) Akhtar Umar Hayyat Lalayka, Commissioner Rawalpindi Zahid Saeed, senior and junior police officers. Commissioner Rawalpindi and RPO laid down the floral wreath on coffin of the constable while a smart contingent of police also presented a salute.

Later, the dead body was sent to constable’s ancestral village Mooch, Mianwali, for burial. According to police spokesman, the constable Aman Ullah (C/1601) joined Punjab Police in 1978 and left a wife, son and three daughters mourning behind him.

The law enforcement agencies (LEAs) beefed up security inside and outside Liaquat Bagh to avoid any untoward incident on the occasion.

On the other hand, the security was put on high alert in Islamabad and beefed up around sensitive installation in the federal capital city. The inspector general of Islamabad police supervised the security arrangements and instructed police officials to remain on high security alert and to perform snap checks in various areas. He also called for extra vigilance at all entry and exit points of Islamabad as well as effective patrolling in the city.

The All Pakistan Shia Action Committee announced three-day mourning as a mark of grief over the Rawalpindi. Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen, Shia Ulema Council, Jaafria Alliance and Tahafuz-e-Azadari Council have also demanded to hang terrorists indiscriminately.