ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI: With just a day remaining in Eid-e-Miladun Nabi (PBUH), preparations are picking up pace, with buildings and shrines in the twin cities being decorated with colourful buntings, banners and fancy lights to celebrate the day with great reverence and devotion.
Like every year, the federal as well as provincial governments have planned a number of activities to celebrate the annual event on January 14.
Newspapers and magazines will be publishing special supplements, while television channels and radio stations will air Naatia Mushairas and quiz programmes on Seerat-e-Mustafa (PBUH).
Similarly, various social, cultural and educational institutions and religious organisations are finalising their programmes for celebrating Eid-e-Miladun Nabi (PBUH) with religious fervour.
Stalls carrying buntings, banners, badges, stickers and flags related to the celebrations are being crowded by faithful in the twin cities.
Large banners and billboards have been displayed at different entrances of streets and main roads across the cities, while mosques, homes and plazas are being decorated with colourful lights and buntings.
Special programmes are being prepared for paying tribute and to highlight different aspects of the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
On Rabiul Awal 12, Eid-e-Miladun Nabi (PBUH) processions will also be taken out from different areas of Rawalpindi.
A large number of buildings, houses, shops, markets, mosques and shrines in the city have been decorated with colourful lights. Special programmes, including Mahaafil-e-Naat, are also being scheduled for the day.
Security: Meanwhile, police in the twin cities have chalked out a comprehensive security plan for processions. In the capital, police decided to deploy more than 2,200 personnel along with Rangers for the security of various processions in the city.
Islamabad SSP Muhammad Rizwan in consultation with other police officials has reportedly finalised the security plan.
Four SPs, six ASPs/DSPs and 11 inspectors would supervise the security arrangements of the processions in the capital. They will be assisted by SHOs of the respective police stations.
As per the plan, more than 2,200 policemen along with Rangers personnel would be engaged for security duties during processions on various routes. The main procession will start from Sector G7.
Parking lots would be far away from the routes of the processions with proper security arrangements there. Metal detectors as well as walkthrough gates would be used at the entry and exit points of the processions.
According to the plan, police officers would not be allowed to leave the specified place before the end of the processions.
A police party would move on foot ahead of each procession. The processions would be completely covered by policemen form the front and the rear. Special walkthrough gates would be installed while policemen would perform street-plugging duty so that no outsider could enter the procession.
Special deployments would be made at the rooftops, while patrolling would be ensured on the routes of processions before the passage of rallies from there. Police reserves would remain on standby for assistance in case of any untoward incident.
Parking along the routes of the processions would not be allowed and forklifts had reportedly been arranged to remove vehicles if parked along the route.
Over in Rawalpindi, Section 144 would be imposed on the occasion. All the teaching hospitals of the town would be on red alert while elaborate security arrangements would be made to ensure strict security on the day.
As per the plan, 100 CCTV cameras were being installed along the routes of the processions to be taken out on Eid-e-Miladun Nabi (PBUH). Heavy contingents of police would be deployed on the routes in the city.
The city district government has also taken onboard religious scholars, and they have been asked for cooperation with the law enforcers. Religious clerics promised to cooperate with the security officials and the city administration on the day.
According to Rawalpindi Commissioner Khalid Masood Chaudhry, the administration had finalised foolproof security arrangements.
He said he had issued directives to officials of all the departments concerned to remain present and alert to ensure the arrangements. He said that the administration and the officials concerned were in touch with office-bearers of the divisional and district Milad committees to implement the security plan in the light of the suggestions of the members of the Milad committees.
According to Regional Police Officer Akhar Umar Hayat Laleeka, foolproof security cover would be provided to the processions and strict vigilance would be kept with the cooperation of the organisers of various Milad processions. Bomb Disposal Squad personnel in the twin cities would ensure technical sweeping at the routes and venues, while plainclothesmen would keep a watch on suspicious persons.
Traffic: Meanwhile, Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) officials have also devised a special traffic plan to ensure smooth flow of traffic at the time of processions in connection with Eid-e-Miladun Nabi (PBUH) and decided to depute additional staff at various locations for the guidance of road users.
Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Asmatullaj Junejo would supervise the overall traffic plan, while heads of respective circles would remain present along the routes of the processions to ensure convenience to road users.
The ITP appealed to the citizens to cooperate with them in the implementation of the plan.
Similarly, officials of the City Traffic Police Rawalpindi have issued a traffic plan for Eid-e-Miladun Nabi (PBUH) under which strict ban has been imposed on the parking of any vehicle or handcart along the route of the Milad processions.
A control room to monitor the traffic position in the city has been set up at the Race Course Traffic Headquarters, while a special squad has also been deputed on free helpline number 1915.
City Traffic Officer (CTO) Syed Ishtiaq Hussain Shah said that there would be 17 diversion points in the city to ensure smooth flow of traffic. No tractor trolley, truck or any public service vehicle would be allowed near the Milad processions.
The CTO urged the citizens to use alternative routes, including Airport Road, Rialto Chowk, Tippu Road, Rawal Road and Murree Road ahead of Chandni Chowk to reach Islamabad.
Ambulances, fire brigade and other emergency service vehicles would be checked properly, besides special directives have also been issued to keep an eye on suspicious or tinted-glass vehicles.
As many as 570 traffic officials, including four deputy superintendents of police, 16 inspectors, 500 wardens and 50 junior wardens would be deployed to control traffic in the city.
Emergency squads had also been appointed to maintain the flow of traffic in the city, he added.
The CTO directed the officials to ensure parking at a distance from the routes of the processions. He also asked the wardens to remove all kind of encroachments from the routes. “Strict disciplinary action will be taken against delinquent officials,” the CTO added.
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