ISLAMABAD: Eid Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) would be observed across the country with traditional religious zeal on Friday.
The government and religious organisations, 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 will begin with offering special prayers in mosques for upholding and flourishing of Islam and religious teachings, unity, solidarity, progress, and welfare of the Muslim ummah.
Numerous Eid Milad-un-Nabi processions will be taken out across the country and â€˜Mehfil-e-Miladâ€™ would be 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 the celebration of the Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) have been illuminated 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 a unique collection of badges, stickers, flags and banners inscribed with religious slogans, to pay respect and reverence to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) across the country.
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.
Special checking of the route in Islamabad would be completed before the procession starts and bomb disposal squad would clear the route on the day.
More than 2,000 police personnel, including 300 traffic policemen, will perform security duties on Eid Milad-un-Nabi in the federal capital, while special teams of Rangers, crime investigation department (CID), and special branch police will assist in the smooth performance of their duties.
The main procession in Islamabad will start from Sector G-7 (Sitara Market) and culminate near the shrine of Hazrat Sakhi Mehmud at Aabpara Market. The areas will be completely cordoned off through heavy deployment of law enforcement personnel.
Strict monitoring of the main procession, through Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras recently installed, is part of the security plan. Parking vehicles on the route of the procession will be prohibited.
No one would be allowed to stand on the rooftops of the commercial and residential buildings situated along the route of the main procession while armed police personnel would be deployed on the rooftops of the buildings.
Police patrolling had also been enhanced in many areas.
The faithful would be checked with metal detectors and walk through gates would be installed at the entry points of the processions.
The route of the main procession would be sealed completely and streets on the route would also be barricaded.
In Rawalpindi, as many as 3,500 policemen will be deployed in Rawalpindi district to ensure security for the processions of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH).
The main procession route, DAV College Chowk, Fowara Chowk, Raja Bazaar, Bansaa Wala Chowk and Buni Chowk would be barricaded.
All the traffic would be diverted on other routes.
Murree Road diversions would be 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.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari felicitates nationÂ
Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari facilitated the nation on the auspicious occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) on Thursday. He said he was dismayed that the celebrations this year are marred by the way some people resorted to violence weeks ahead of the holy day.
“The Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) preached and practised tolerance, humility and understanding, not violence. He would have never approved violence even in his name.â€�Â
PML-N President Nawaz Sharif’s messageÂ
Pakistan Muslim League â€“ Nawazâ€™s President Nawaz Sharif on the occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) said that youth should be introduced to the real teachings of the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon Him).
The Pakistani nation should take lessons from Holy Prophetâ€™s (PBUH) life and promulgate brotherhood, Nawaz said.
â€œWe should protect the rights of minorities and discourage those who want to divide the nation,â€� the PML-N president said, adding that those spreading discord should be discouraged.Â
Imran Khan greets MuslimsÂ
Chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) late Thursday tweeted greetings on the occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH).Â