Rabi-ul-Awwal: All set for Eid Milad-un-Nabi celebrations

Buildings lit up, models installed and security beefed-up.


Our Correspondent February 03, 2012

BAHAWALPUR/SARGODHA/ FAISALABAD: Eid Milad-un-Nabi (peace be upon him) will be celebrated across the Punjab on Sunday.

Security arrangements and traffic diversions in this regard have been completed in most districts. District administration officials in others say final touches will be applied on Saturday (today).

Various organisations have planned activities to mark the day including naat and milad sessions, seminars, conferences, and speech competitions for students.

A mehfil-i-naat was arranged by Radio Pakistan in Bahawalpur on Friday. The Milad-i-Mustafa Committee will take out a procession on Sunday that will begin from Milad Chowk at 9 am and march through the city bazaars.

In Sargodha, more than 1,350 security personnel have been deployed around to ward off any untoward incident. Rescue 1122 ambulances with paramedic staff was deputed at several processions.

District Coordination Officer Azmat Mehmood met with several ulemas at his office on Friday. A district office spokesperson said that the DCO urged them to preach peace and harmony and to denounce violence.

As many as 100 processions will be taken out in Sargodha to mark the 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal.

The city has been lit up for the occasion and prominent buildings decorated. Several models of the Khana-i-Kaaba and the Masjid-i-Nabwi have been installed in various localities.

A torch-bearing rally was arranged in Istaqlalabad on Friday.

More than 200 participants took a round of the city. Another rally was held after Friday prayers. It left the Jamia Masjid Hamid Ali Shah in Company Bagh and after taking a round of the city culminated at the same spot. Naat sessions were held in various areas of the city.

Faisalabad Commissioner Syed Tahir Hussain met district administration and police officials on Friday to discuss security arrangements regarding the Eid Milan-un-Nabi.

The commissioner directed the officials concerned to beef up security for processions and milad meetings.

He said the police officials should take his office into confidence before implementing the strategies.

He said that provision of security to the life and property of public was the basic responsibility of the police as well as the administration.

He directed the police department to dig out the whereabouts of the criminals involved in heinous crimes and their cases should be pursued in the competent court of law.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 4th, 2012.

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