ISLAMABAD: Imam-i-Kaaba Mohammad Saleh Abu Abdul Majid’s scheduled visit to the National Press Club (NPC) on Sunday was cancelled due to security reasons.
Security agencies claimed that two terror groups have entered the federal capital. They said though the groups had not been sent to target the Imam-i-Kaaba, they can find him as a soft target.
Though the Imam-i-Kaaba returned to Saudi Arabia after his visit to Pakistan on Sunday evening, the claims made by the agencies about the arrival of the terror groups in the city before Eidul Fitr created panic.
A senior police officer requesting not to be quoted told Dawn that the capital always remained under threats so the police had already made arrangements to ensure security during the Eid holidays.
NPC president Shakeel Anjum told Dawn that as Imam-i-Kaaba was in Islamabad, arrangements had been made for his visit to the NPC.
“The Imam-i-Kaaba just had to lead the Zuhr prayers followed by Dua on the premises of the NPC. It was decided that only journalists and their families would be allowed to participate in the congregation.”
Mr Anjum said that on Sunday morning officials of security agencies contacted him and said the visit should be cancelled because of security concerns. The officials claimed that two groups of terrorists/suicide bombers had entered the federal capital.
Later, the officials approached the Imam-i-Kaaba and requested him to reconsider his decision to visit the NPC. On the request of the officials, the Imam-i-Kaaba dropped his plan to visit the NPC, he said.
The police officer said: “We have already made foolproof arrangements to maintain peace in the federal capital on the occasion of Eidul Fitr and the citizens should not worry about their security.”
He added that police officials had been deputed in different parts of the capital to ensure security. Moreover, the bomb disposal squad will clear all important mosques and imambargahs before the Eid prayers. After prayers, the police officials will be sent to different public places to ensure security as a large number of people are expected to visit the picnic spots,” he said.
Contingents of mobile reserve police would be a part of the security measures at important shopping centres, including Jinnah Super, Super Market, F-10 and Aabpara markets. Policemen have also been assigned duties at graveyards and especial deployments are also made at Faisal Mosque.
He said as per the security measures, policemen would patrol various sectors and contingents of Pakistan Rangers and police commandoes would assist them.
Police teams have also been constituted for patrolling in various urban sectors and rural areas. Keeping in view the rush of visitors at public places, security measures have also been taken at Shakarparian, Daman-i-Koh, Rose and Jasmine Garden, Lakeview Park, Chattar Park and other areas, he said.
Courtesy : Dawn News