ISLAMABAD – The residents of twin cities celebrated Eid-ul-Azha with great religious zeal, fervour, and festivity on Wednesday.
Heavy rain in Rawalpindi and Islamabad on Chaand Raat and Eid day turned the weather pleasant. Hundreds of Eid congregations were held while people also offered Eid prayer at mosques, Eidgahs, Imambargahs, and other open areas amid tight security.
Eid congregations were held at Liaquat Bagh, Eid Gah Sharif, Islamia Seminary at F-Block, Gordon College Ground, Viqar-un-Nisa Ground, Daral Aloom Hanfia Usmania Ganjmandi, Jamia Mosque Bahar-e-Madina, Rawal Road, Jamia Masjid Abu-al-Qasim Jan Colony Tench, Rawalpindi Medical College Ground Tipu Road, Jamia Masjid Khatim-ul-Nabiyan Neelam Colony, Jamia Masjid Westridge, Jamia Masjid Bilali Arya Mohala, Jamia Masjid Akbari Mohan Pura, Jamia Masjid Zia Hanfia Gulzar-e-Quaid, Jamia Masjid Wapda Colony Mareer, Liaquat Bagh, Jamia Masjid Riaz-ul-Jannat Kuri Road, Markazi Eid Gah Gawalmandi, 22 Number Chungi, Jamia Masjid Morgah, Jamia Masjid Gulzar-e-Madina Dhama Syedan, Jamia Masjid Gulshan-e-Abad, Rukhshanda Masjid Adyaal Road, Jamia Masjid Rajgan Dhamial Road, and many other localities
Special prayers were offered for the progress and prosperity of the country, unity of the Muslim Ummah, solution of their problems and liberation of Muslim territories, including Indian held Kashmir.
On the occasion, tight security arrangements had been made by Rawalpindi Police under the surveillance of City Police Officer (CPO) Muhammad Ahsan Younas in Islamabad under command of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Qazi Jamil Ur Rehman.
Scores of well-equipped policemen besides Elite force commandos and lady police had been deputed outside bazaars, shopping centres. and sensitive public and private buildings.
Strict security measures had also been adopted outside the Eid congregation, while police kept patrolling.
Two murder incidents were reported in twin cities during the Eid holidays.
City Traffic Police, following the instructions of Chief Traffic Officer Rai Mazhar also facilitated the citizens by smoothing traffic flow. In Murree, the wardens also controlled traffic mess successfully.
More than 40,000 vehicles packed with tourists entered Murree in the first three days of Eid. The CTP and Motorway police had to close the Murree Expressway to avoid the crowd at the hill resort. CTO Rai Mazhar was himself in the field to guide wardens and to control traffic.
Soon after offering Eid prayers, people greeted each other, slaughtered sacrificial animals, distributed the meat among relatives, friends and poor, and visited graveyards laying floral wreaths and offering Fateha on the graves of their loved ones.
City Police Officer (CPO) Muhammad Ahsan Younas and Regional Police Officer (RPO) Imran Ahmer offered Eid Prayers at Police Line Number 1 and greeted cops. Earlier, CPO visited the city to monitor the deployment of cops to maintain law and order.
Similarly, IG Qazi Jamil Ur Rehman, DIG Operations Afzaal Ahmed Kauser, SSP Investigation Atta Ur Rehman, SSP Operations Dr Syed Mustafa Tanweer and other senior and junior officers offered Eid Ul Azha in Police Line Headquarters.
Later in the evening, residents had planned a number of programmes. Some arranged BBQ parties at their homes while a number of families visited public parks (Ayub Park, Zia Park, Jinnah Park, Nawaz Sharif Park, and Lake View Park) and other resorts like Murree, Pir Sohawa, Daman-e-Koh along with children and made tikkas and kebabs.
Children enjoyed swings and delicious food such as chana chaat, gol gappay, burger, finger chips, pakoras, samosas, and many other sweets.
All shops and business establishments, banks, and government offices remained closed due to the public holidays.
Traffic remained off the road whereas taxi drivers minted money from the passengers as per their own will.
Contrary to the last year, the government has taken strict action against the shopkeepers. The prices of onions, potatoes, tomatoes, green chillies, and mint remained low.
Tens of thousands of citizens also thronged hill resort Murree. Because of heavy deployment of traffic wardens, the traffic situation remained under control in Murree, said a spokesman to CTO. He said traffic police have placed special pickets with squads to thwart one wheeling.
He said the traffic situation in Murree remained under control due to a special traffic plan prepared by CTO Rai Mazhar.
“A large number of vehicles entered Murree during Eid holidays and traffic police managed the traffic mess despite having less space for parking,” he said.
He said the CTO himself went to Murree and patrolled on roads and checked duty points of wardens.
On the other hand, the civic bodies including Rawalpindi Waste Management Company, Rawalpindi Cantonment Board and Chaklala Cantonment Board have completed the operation clean-up in the city by lifting tons of offal of sacrificial animals.
Meanwhile, the residents of Potohar Town lodged complaints that the district government had failed in lifting the offal from their areas properly.