875 mosques, 50 Imambargahs to be provided security cover on Eid

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Staff Reporter

Rawalpindi—Over 875 mosques, 50 Imambarghas and 63 prayer grounds will be provided security cover by armed police personnel as the district police have finalized security arrangements for Eidul Fitr.
Police holidays have also been cancelled to augment security in the city while additional force have been deployed in sensitive areas, along busy roads, markets, shopping centers, graveyards, mosques, Eidgahs, Imambargahs and picnic points as part of a special security plan for Eid.
“The plan will include deployment of 3,000 police Jawans and commandoes as well as security checkpoints at the entrances and exists of the city,” a police spokesman said on Tuesday.
He said the police’s prime responsibility was to protect the lives and property of pubic.
He said as many as 3,000 police officers and Jawans had been deployed in all the sensitive places including bazaars and shopping malls to maintain law and order situation on Chand Raat. Besides the force, officials of Special Branch, Elite Force Commandoes, Ladies Police, Muhafiz Force and Police Qaumi Razkars would perform security duty.
The security plan would continue throughout the days of Eidul Fitr under the supervision of City Police Officer (CPO), the spokesman said, urging the citizens to cooperate with the security forces by informing them about any suspicious situation.
City Police Officer Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi has ordered foolproof security for Eidul Fitr prayer congregations and all-out efforts would be made to avoid any untoward incident, the spokesman said.
Main mosques of the city, he said, would be especially covered by armed police personnel and only one entry gate would be opened for the faithful. Security personnel would use metal detectors and no one would be allowed to go inside the mosques without body search.
There would be no permission to park vehicles, motorcycles, cycles and handcarts near mosques and Imambarghas, he added.
According to police spokesman, best security arrangements with available resources would be made to ensure security of the religious places and mosques.
He said arrangements had also been finazlied for Murree where 1000 cops would perform security duty during Eidul Fitr holidays.

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