Rawalpindi - A comprehensive security plan has been devised for Eid-ul-Azha in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) police have devised a comprehensive security plan for Eid-ul-Azha and also issued security advisory for the citizens going to their native towns to celebrate this religious festival so that their property can be protected effectively.

The capital police have sought cooperation of citizens for ensuring effective security measures. It has been asked to remain some lights on within the house and also assign duty of some person to look after the house.  Police said that no valuables, including jewelry and cash should be left at home and all doors should be properly locked.

The hawkers should be advised not to throw newspapers at homes and any papers outside or within the house can give hint to criminals about absence of house inmates.  It has been also advised to depute security guards in streets along with Mohallah committees and to inform local police officers in case of going outside the city to celebrate Eid.

It has been asked to submit two photographs, copies of CNICs along with finger prints at the relevant police station in case of giving job to any one as driver or domestic servants.

In addition, Islamabad police have also devised comprehensive plan to ensure patrolling at different sectors for the safety and protection of lives and property of the masses during Eid holidays.  

According to the security plan, police source said that 3000 policemen would perform security duties during Eid days and guard religious gatherings at open places, Masajid and Imambargahs.

Beat systems have been introduced for security at main shopping centres, markets and additional deployment of policemen would be ensured for security.   The contingents of mobile reserve police would be part of security measures at important shopping centers including Jinnah Super, Super market, F-10 and Aabpara markets.

Policemen have been assigned duties at bus stands, graveyards and railway stations. All SHOs were directed to conduct security meetings with managers of bus stand.    The policemen would patrol in the various sectors and contingents of Pakistan Rangers and police commandoes will assist police in these security duties.  

Special directions had been issued to Islamabad police to remain on high alert and fully prepared and vigilant to avert any untoward situation in the capital during Eid days. Police teams have been constituted for patrolling in various urban sectors and rural areas.

On the other hand in Rawalpindi, CPO Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi announced comprehensive security plan for Eid-ul-Azha, saying a total of 3,000 cops and officers would guard the city on occasion of Eid. He said Eid prayers to be held at 672 mosques, 58 Imambargahs and 59 open places amid tight security. He said all cattle markets are being protected by police. Besides, ladies constables, Elite Force Commandoes, Mohafiz Force, mounted police, Quick Response Force and Special Branch officials will assist police during security duty.

Keeping in view the rush of tourists in Murree, the CPO said police have been directed to utilise all resources to maintain law and order in the hill station. One wheeling would be banned in the city, he added.  He directed the SPs, DSPs and SHOs to enhance patrolling in their areas and place Nakkas in all entry and exit points keeping a vigil on suspects and outlaws. The CPO appealed to citizens to keep an eye on the suspected elements around them and inform area police in case of any emergency.

Meanwhile, Regional Police Officer (RPO) Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja directed the police to chalk out a foolproof security plan for Eid-ul- Azha in the region. RPO ordered to make contingency plan for Eid gatherings and deploy additional police personnel during Eid prayers in the region. Apart from Eid congregations, exceptional security should also be provided to all public places, including shopping malls, bazaars, railway stations, bus terminals and public parks, he said.

RPO Wisal Fakhar issued these directions during a meeting held in his office yesterday to review security arrangements in connection with Eidul Azha. City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi, SSP (Operations) Irfan Tariq, Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Dr Sardar Ghias Gull, District Police Officer (DPO) Attock Zahid Nawaz Marwat, DPO Chakwal Munir Masood Marth and DPO Jhelum Sikandar Hayyat also attended the meeting. Addressing the meeting, RPO Wisal Fakhar asked police to provide full security to mosques, Imambargahs and other worship places where people will gather for offering Eid prayer.

 He said no person should be allowed to enter mosques or imambargahs without proper body search. Walk through gates should be set up in open places besides establishing car parking away from gathering places. He said no person or organisation could collect sacrificial skins without prior permission from the district administration.