ISLAMABAD - As millions of people around the globe are all set to welcome the New Year with fireworks and pyrotechnic-infused celebrations, various hotels and restaurants in Islamabad also prepare to attract customers with sumptuous cuisines, enthralling music and stylish settings on New Year eve.

Although, as usual, district government of Islamabad refrained itself from making arrangements for fireworks to welcome the New Year, yet foreigners living in the federal capital are said to have arranged it at their places/residences to welcome New Year as usual. According to information gathered by this correspondent, certain hotels and restaurants in the capital city have arranged musical nights on New Year eve with sumptuous cuisines and stylish settings to attract customers.

Off the record conversation with officials of ICT police and Islamabad District management reveals that security has been beefed up for New Year night to avert any mishap, while special police squads would take positions by the evening on Tuesday to maintain law and order and traffic in the capital city.

Keeping in the view threats from militants, the interior ministry has recently issued directives to law enforcement agencies to remain high alert in big cities to foil any attempt of terrorism, especially on the eve of New Year.