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Millions of faithful to offer Eid prayers amid tight security today


LAHORE: In the wake of ongoing military operation in North Waziristan Agency, security has been placed on highly alert across the country for Eidul Fitr holidays while millions of faithful will offer their Eid prayers under tight security arrangements on Tuesday (today).
The capital city police have also finalised security plan for Chand-Raat (the last night of the holy month of Ramazan) and Eid days and over 8,000 police officers and officials will be deployed to avoid any untoward incident across the provincial metropolis.
The law-enforcement agencies, including secret services, have cancelled holidays of personnel on account of Eid. 
The police personnel and commandoes will perform their duty in and around 3,587 mosques, 28 imambargahs and 126 open Eid congregations. Highly-trained snipers will be deployed on rooftops of buildings located adjacent to important public places such as mosques and government installations in different parts of the city.
The police have requisitioned Elite Police Force, Mujahid Force and Quick Response Force contingents along with personnel in plainclothes from other intelligence agencies to patrol sensitive areas round the clock. 
The personnel deputed at city’s police stations have been directed to keep a vigilant eye on all crowded places situated in their respective jurisdiction. The step has been taken in the wake of increasing rush in markets before Eid, especially on Chand Raat.
The decision to this effect were taken at a high profile meeting of senior police officers held to chalk out a “foolproof” security plan to maintain law and order in the city on Eid holidays. All divisional superintendents of police (SPs), assistant superintendents of police (ASPs) and deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) from both the operations and investigation wings attended the meeting.
Sources informed that intelligence agencies and police high-ups have deputed at least 1,000 officials, including women in civvies, at over 65 sensitive mosques and different Eidgahs (Eid prayer grounds) in the city. Over 25 walkthrough gates have been fixed at most sensitive places to avoid any unpleasant incident.
Sources further informed that the police as well as secret agencies would also use sniffer dogs to trace explosives in most sensitive spots like parks, zoo, food bazaars, children’s joy lands and other markets-cum-shopping malls where the people could gather to celebrate Eid.
Sources said that the police high-ups have issued strict directions to their subordinates to patrol respective areas and pay surprise visits to pickets set up within their jurisdiction. “Upon receiving directions, all police officers passed on strict orders to all station house officers (SHOs) to ensure the implementation of Eid security plan in letter and spirit and stay guard at important religious places, markets, bazaars and other public places within their respective areas,” sources added.
Sources also said that on the directives of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, all officers have been directed to beef up security and intensify round-the-clock patrolling by armed contingents of police to ensure peaceful atmosphere during Eid holidays.
The foolproof measures have also been taken to seal the entire city in case of any incident. Other mobile teams of police force would also continue to carry out round-the-clock patrolling. All mobile teams would coordinate with each other about their positions of patrolling and inform additional SP, SSP and DIG concerned about the latest situation.
Meanwhile, Operations DIG Dr Haider Ashraf has said that foolproof security arrangements of Eid would be ensured. He said that all divisional SPs would supervise security arrangements of markets, shopping centres and mosques and that effective patrolling would be enhanced. All entry and exist points of the city would be properly guarded, he added. Under Section 144 of CrPC, he said, strict action would be taken in case of any illegal activity was committed by someone. He said that all divisional SPs would be supervisor of security arrangements in their concerned areas. They were directed to carry out search and sweep operations on a daily basis. He said that ensuring law and order in the city was not possible without public cooperation. He urged the people to inform the nearest police station or Rescue 15 service in case any suspected activity or event takes place.
According to spokesperson, the Operations DIG also issued special directives to the police officers to make elaborate security arrangements for protection of citizens visiting Eid bazaars, markets, and shopping centres and Eid congregations. 
The DIG further directed that presence of police officials at all-important places be ensured. He said that sensitive mosques and other places be divided into three categories, including A, B and C category, for putting in place more efficient security arrangements. 

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