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Eid Milad-un-Nabi to be celebrated with religious fervor-Security beefed up

ISLAMABAD: Eid Milad-un-Nabi would be observed across the country with religious fervor and respect on Wednesday. As a tradition, Milad-un-Nabi processions would be held in all big and small cities of the country including towns and villages, in this connection government has announced Wednesday as a public holiday.

Milad-un-Nabi processions would be held in different cities including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Sialkot, Karachi, Quetta, Lahore, Faisalabad, Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi, and building and mosque are illuminated. Strict Security measures have been taken on the routes and places of processions of Eid Milad-un-Nabi and all educational institutions and government offices would remain closed. Punjab government has directed to all District and Tehsil administration officers to take unprecedented security measures.

Meanwhile the preparations have been made for the celebration of Eid-Milad-un-Nabi with religious fervour and respect in twin cities Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

In this connection the main procession of Milad-un-Nabi would start at 9:30 am in the morning from Bunni Chowk and after passing from Circular road, Waris Khan, Murree road, Committee Chowk, Iqbal road, Fowara Chowk, Raja Bazaar, would be ended at central Jamia Mosque Rawalpindi.

The city traffic police Rawalpindi has chalked out the securities plan for the advent of Eid-Milad-un-Nabi and the entry of Tractor trolley, trucks and other heavy vehicles would be prohibited in the city routes in as per plan.

Islamabad traffic police have also be chalked out a security plan for Eid-Milad-un-Nabi and also decided to deploy additional security personal during Eid-Milad-un-Nabi processions in the capital city. As per alternative traffic plan the residents of sector G-7 would use Faisal Avenue, Saherwardi road, whereas the residents of G-6 would use embassy road and Jinnah Avenue.

Kashmir Highway from Chand Tarra Chowk to Dhok Kurry Chowk and Saherwardi road from Seventh Avenue to Garden road, G-6/4 would be closed fro traffic due to the Milad-un-Nabi processions. Similarly GPO Chowk to Municipal road would be closed for traffic.

Furthermore Control room has been set up in Malir, area of Karachi, to review security arrangements of the processions in this connection. A meeting was held in Malir and Landhi on Tuesday to review security arrangements for 12th Rabi-ul-Awal. The meeting was attended by Shia, Sunni Ulema, and members of the National and Provincial assemblies besides Malir Town Administrators.

It was decided in the meeting that Ulema and people belonging to all sects of life would play their role in maintaining law and order and would foil nefarious designs of miscreants. The meeting also approved setting up of a control room for the surveillance of processions and for reviewing security arrangements.The control room would work around the clock for 24 hours.

President and Prime Minister’s message on eve of Eid-Milad-un-Nabi
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani underlining that Islam fully rejects terrorism and extremism said that those who invoke religion to justify their heinous and reprehensible acts of terrorism have nothing to do with the Muslims and Islam. President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani expressed these views during their separate messages on 12th Rabi ul Awwal – Eid Milad un Nabi- 1432 A.H/2011 falling on Wednesday.

President in his message said I greet every one particularly the Muslims on the auspicious birth day of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) .The Prophet (peace be upon him) is a source of blessing for the entire humanity and his message of love, tolerance and compassion is also for the entire humanity and can neither be compartmentalized nor restricted, he said. The need for imbibing the true message of tolerance and understanding preached and practiced by the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) has never been as great as it is today, he said.

As the benefactor of entire mankind his teachings cannot be monopolized by any one to the exclusion of others nor can any one put exclusive interpretations on it. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was sent by Allah to the entire mankind and that was why homage is paid to him everywhere and at all times.

On this occasion, I urge the people to imbibe the teachings of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) of peace, love and compassion as the guiding principles of their lives and pray to Allah.

On the other hand, PM Gilani said the blessed life of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) is a witness to the fact that he is paragon of mercy and love and he is the one who introduced humanity to a faith which is a complete code of life till the Day of Judgment. The entire life of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) is the beacon of guidance and he is no doubt a living representation of the Holy Quran and Islam, PM stressed.

The literal meaning of word ‘Islam’ is peace and security. Humanity is the centre of Islamic teachings and Islam can rightly be credited with being a guarantor of man’s welfare in this world and hereafter.

PM said among the issues being faced by the Muslims around the globe, terrorism and extremism figure prominently. If these issues are analyzed in the light of ‘seera’ of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), it becomes clear that terrorism and extremism have nothing to do with the teachings given by the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). Rather these misguided individuals are violative of what Islam stands for and espouses. A peaceful religion such as Islam fully rejects terrorism and extremism. The entire life of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) bears testimony to the fact that Islam guarantees shelter and protection for the entire humanity. The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) chronicled a new chapter of reconciliation by forgiving his worst enemies in an age which was known for revenge and vendetta. He even went to the extent of praying for guidance of his enemies. Therefore, it is not possible that a true follower of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) resorts to killing and bloodshed in the name of religion.

It is a matter of immense satisfaction that the entire Islamic world has condemned terrorism collectively and reminded the civilized world that those who invoke religion to justify their heinous and reprehensible acts of terrorism have nothing to do with the Muslims and Islam, PM said. -ONLINE

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