1000 cops to guard mosques, imambargahs on Juma-tul-Wida

Rawalpindi—Rawalpindi police have finalized arrangements for Juma-tul-Wida, the last Friday of Ramazan as millions of fasting people will offer Friday prayers at mosques, Imambarghas and prayer grounds on July 1. Juma-tul-Wida, is also observed as Youm al-Quds to express support and solidarity with oppressed Muslims of Palestine.
City Police have planned foolproof security arrangements for Juma-tul-Wida and Youm ul Quds with deployment of commandos to avert any untoward incident. Over 1000 cops, police national volunteers, private security guards and ladies police personnel will perform security duty for mosques, Imambarghas and other important places. According to Rawalpindi Police spokesman, on the special directive of City Police Officer (CPO) Rawalpindi, Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi, police have made foolproof security arrangements for Juma tul Wida and there will be special security arrangements for all the main mosques and Imam barghas.
According to security plan, police officers will be deployed particularly to cover mosques and other religious congregations while special check posts will be established for the checking of vehicles at entry and exit points of the city. Rapid Response Squads have also been formed.
Main mosques of the city will especially be covered by armed police personnel and only one main gate of the mosques will be opened for the faithful. Security personnel will use metal detectors and no one will be allowed to go inside the mosques without body search. There will be no permission to park vehicles, motorcycles, cycles and handcarts near mosques and imambarghas.
According to police spokesman, best security arrangements with available resources will be made to ensure security of the religious places and mosques. All out efforts are being made for the protection of the citizens and best possible arrangements are being made in this regard, he said adding, Police patrolling system has been strengthened in the district. Action in accordance with the law will be taken on violation of loudspeakers Act, he added.—APP

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