Reciting Darood-o-Salaam, the citizens turned the roads, streets, bazaars and buildings green to celebrate the day in entire South Punjab region.

Holding green flags, the faithful brought out processions in Multan, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Vehari, Layyah, Mailsi, Lodhran, Muzaffargarh and Rajanpur areas and marched on the roads. Attire in Arabic dresses, the children and youth rode camels to represent Arabic culture and paid homage to the Holy Prophet.

The event passed peacefully as strict security arrangements were made by the law enforcing agencies in Multan and adjoining areas. As many as 4,308 cops from Punjab Constabulary, Elite Force, special Branch, Bomb Disposal Squad and 1,500 volunteers performed security duty on the day to secure over 70 processions and 18 congregations in Multan district.

Almost all city markets, roads and streets were decorated with green buntings and illuminated in the night. The citizens installed replicas of Baitullah, Masjid-e-Nabvi and Shrine of the Holy Prophet. Dozens of na’at congregations were arranged by the citizens and different religious as well as social organisations across the district, which were attended by a large number of citizens.

The historical Eid Milad procession was brought out by Anjuman-e-Islamiya Multan that ended at Hussain Agahi Chowk after taking a round of different parts of the city. Similarly, other Ahl-e-Sunnat outfits also took out processions from different areas of Multan.

On the occasion, former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani said that acting upon Seeratun Nabi (SAWW) has become inevitable to control terrorism, extremism and lawlessness in the country. He observed this while talking to the journalists here at historic Eid Milad un Nabi procession organized by Anjuman-e-Islami. He stressed the followers of all schools of thought to exhibit harmony and unity.

“We need to make a strong commitment on this occasion that we’ll turn this country into a peaceful land. We celebrate the Milad of the greatest personality of the universe and we need to act upon the sayings of the Holy Prophet to achieve ultimate success in both lives,” he said.

On the occasion, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf President Makhdoom Javed Hashmi said, “War on terror was imposed on us and we should make pledge on the eve of Eid Miladun Nabi to shun all sectarian differences and promote peace and love in the society.

He added that the Holy Prophet (SAWW) gave the message of peace and love to the entire world. But today Pakistanis are killing one another on the basis of sectarian differences. Each individual needs to play his role for promoting peace in the society,” he stressed.

On the other side, the district police have rounded up 17 outlaws and three youth for one-wheelie during a crackdown, sources disclosed. Police recovered 52 litres of liquor, 350 grams charas, two pistols and four bullets from the outlaws. As many as 10 drug pushers and bootleggers including Asif Masih, Shahid, Ijaz, Shah Hussain, Umar Habib, Irfan, Akhtar Hussain, Javed, Zohaib Ali and Muhammad Usman were caught red handed while two other accused namely Muhammad Sadiq and  Mushtaq were arrested in possession of illicit arms. Similarly, five proclaimed offenders namely Sajid Ali, Allah Ditta, Mulazim Hussain, Imran alias Choocha and Allah Ditta were rounded up from different areas. Meanwhile, three one wheelers namely Muhammad Hassan, Zain ul Abideen and Shehryar were arrested by traffic police on charges of overspeeding and one wheeling.