SWAT: Like the entire country, Eidul Azha was celebrated in Swat valley with religious zeal and enthusiasm but no satisfactory security arrangements were made in the area. Only on the 1st day of Eid-ul-Azha, police personnel were seen at mosques and after Eid prayers they vanished.
Few days ago DIG Malakand Abdullah Khan chalked out a security plan for Eid according to which all holidays of police personnel were cancelled. He had claimed that for the safety of people, police would perform their duties on Eid days but unfortunately ground realities defied his claim.
On the other hand thousands of tourists visited Swat on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd day of Eid and traffic was jammed for couple of hours. Tourists visited Madyan, Bahrain, Kalam, Marghazar and Fizaghat where they enjoyed Eid holidays at the bank of Swat River. Luckily, no untoward incident happened in Swat during Eid.
Rescue responded to 186 calls during Eid
The Rawalpindi Rescue 1122 responded to 186 emergency calls during Eidul Azha holidays and helped 244 people.
Over 450 rescuers remained on special duties in district control room, emergency rescue stations with 14 fully equipped emergencies ambulances, 10 fire vehicles, two water bowzers and three specialized vehicles.
Out of total 186 emergency calls received during Eid days, 103 were road traffic accidents, four fire incidents, six crime incidents and 58 medical emergencies. The average response time in all emergencies remained seven minutes–Staff Reporter.
Rescue 1122 Rawalpindi established special mobile posts to provide swift medical cover to the public gatherings. Rescue posts were established at Chandni Chowk Murree Road, Pirwadhai Morr, Civil Lines Station Katcheri Chowk, Kalma Chowk Station, Bahria Town G.T. Road, GPO Chowk Sadder, Rawal Chowk, 22 No. Chungi, Tench Bhatta, Gawal Mandi (Children Park), Liaqat Bagh, Nawaz Shareef Park, Jinnah Park and Ayub Park.
Director General (DG), Emergency Service Rescue1122 Dr Rizwan Naseer, in a statement, has appreciated the rescuers for providing emergency help during Eid holidays in all districts of Punjab.
In this regard emergency vehicles were deputed at all Eid prayers sites and sensitive areas along with trained emergency staff to provide immediate pre-hospital emergency cover. Emergency officers, including doctors, supervised the arrangements.
The leaves of the rescuers were cancelled and they were assigned special emergency duties to effectively cover large Eid prayer congregations to provide emergency medical, rescue and firefighting services to the citizens during Eid days.–APP