Rawalpindi—Like other parts of the country, Eidul Fitr was celebrated by the faithful here with great religious zeal and fervor marking the culmination of the holy month of Ramazan. The day dawned with special Eid sermons where Ulema stressed for the unity of Muslim Ummah and prayed for the prosperity and well-being of the country.
All important public and private buildings, including shopping centres were decorated and illuminated. Eid congregations were held in 875 mosques, 50 Imambarghas and 63 prayer grounds of the district.
Hundreds of thousands of believers thronged the mosques, Eidgahs and grounds, where special arrangements were made to offer Eid prayer.
Ulema and Khateebs from different schools of thought delivered special sermons to highlight the significance of the day.
Following the Eid prayers, Muslims spent their time feasting with family and friends and feeding those who are less fortunate. Sweets and other special dishes were prepared for serving the guests. People also exchanged gifts on the occasion.
Meanwhile, foolproof security measures were adopted on the occasion of Eidul Fitr. As many as over 3,000 policemen were deputed at various public and private buildings, Mosques and Imambarghas. Strict security measures were adopted outside the Eidgahs, while police kept patrolling.
According to a police spokesman, the police were put on high alert to avert any terrorism bid.
Policemen’s holidays were cancelled to augment Eid security in the city while additional force were deployed in sensitive areas, along busy roads, markets, shopping centers, grave yards, mosques, Eidgahs, Imambargahs and picnic points as part of a special security plan for Eid. The security plan will continue throughout the days of Eid al-Fitr under the supervision of City Police Officer (CPO) said the spokesman urging the citizens to cooperate with the security forces by informing them about any suspicious situation. In Murree, some 1,000 cops were deployed to ensure security during Eidul Fitr holidays.