ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Eid Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), is being observed across the Country with traditional religious zeal on Friday.
The government and religious organizations, Milad committees and individuals have planned a number of activities including, Milad processions, seminars, conferences and discussion programmes to celebrate the annual event.
The sacred day began with offering special prayers in mosques for upholding and flourishing of Islam and the Islamic teachings, unity, solidarity, progress and welfare of the Muslim Ummah.
Numerous Eid Milad-un-Nabi processions are being taken out across the Country and ‘Mahafil-e-Milad’ are being held to celebrate the occasion.
All city streets and roads including bazaars and shopping centres, government and private buildings have been beautifully decorated with lights and banners bearing the writings about celebration of the Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) have been illuminated creatively across the Country.
Gates have been erected at all major roads and streets in all small and major towns of the Country in connection with Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) celebrations. Private and public buildings have beautifully been illuminated with colourful lights on this occasion to express jubilation over the sacred day.
Many vendors have set up colourful stalls with unique collection of badges, stickers, flags and banners inscribed with religious slogans, to pay respect and reverence to the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) across the Country.
The federal and provincial governments have already prepared contingency security plans with coordination of other law enforcement agencies to guard the processions and other events to be held on the day.
In Islamabad, more than 2,000 police personnel including 300 traffic policemen are performing security duties on Eid Miladun Nabi in the federal capital while special teams of Rangers, crime investigation department (CID) and special branch police are assisting in the smooth performance of their duties.
The main procession started from Sector G-7 (Sitara Market) which would culminate near the shrine of Hazrat Sakhi Mehmud at Aabpara Market which had already completely been cordoned off through heavy deployment of law enforcement personnel.
There is strict monitoring of the main procession while Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras have also been installed to ensure the security. Parking of vehicles is not allowed at the route of the procession.
No one is allowed to stand on the rooftops of the commercial and residential buildings situated along the route of the main procession while armed police personnel are deployed on the rooftops of the buildings. Police patrolling has also been enhanced in many areas.
The faithful are being checked with metal detectors and walk through gates have been installed at the entry points of the processions. The route of the main procession has been sealed completely and streets on the route have also been barricaded
In Rawalpindi, as many as 3,500 policemen have been deployed in Rawalpindi district to ensure security for the processions of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (Peace Be Upon Him).
The main procession route, DAV College Chowk, Fowara Chowk, Raja Bazaar, Bansaa Wala Chowk and Buni Chowk has been barricaded and no vehicular traffic is allowed to go ahead from these Chowks. All the traffic have been diverted on other routes.
Murree Road diversions are at Rialto Chowk, Liaquat Bagh, Committee Chowk underpass, Naz Cinema Chowk, Rawal Road Turn, Double Road, Gungmandi near City police station and at other main Chowks.