Pakistan welcomes New Year with simplicity

ISLAMABAD: The new year was welcomed in Pakistan with simplicity to express solidarity with the oppressed Palestinians who were victims of Israeli terrorism.

Traditional celebrations and ceremonies regarding the arrival of New Year were not organized in any city of Pakistan.

In a decisive move, caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar declared a ban on all New Year-related festivities throughout the country.

This announcement came on Thursday, emphasizing the nation’s commitment to standing with the Palestinians in the face of relentless Israeli brutality since October 7.

In a televised address on December 28, the Prime Minister conveyed the somber state of the Pakistani nation, stating, “Pakistani nation is in a sad state,” leading to the decision to prohibit any celebrations associated with the New Year.

President Dr. Arif Alvi, however, extended his New Year wishes, expressing congratulations to the nation, the Muslim Ummah, and the global community. He offered prayers for prosperity, political stability, and economic well-being in Pakistan and worldwide.

While the government’s stance on festivities was clear, law enforcement agencies were not taking any chances.

2,000 police officers deployed for New Year celebrations in Islamabad

The police meticulously finalized security arrangements in major cities, including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Quetta, Lahore, and Faisalabad. Special traffic plans were devised to ensure smooth flow and public safety on New Year’s night, with a particular focus on preventing disruptive activities such as wheeling and car racing.

Under the guidance of Islamabad Capital City Police Officer Dr. Akbar Nasir Khan, strict measures were enforced against various traffic offenses, particularly targeting motorcyclists with noisy silencers known for causing disturbances. A significant deployment of law enforcement personnel was planned to maintain order on the eve of the New Year.

Despite the police’s ban on aerial firing, unfortunate incidents occurred in various areas, resulting in six people sustaining injuries.

Instances of aerial firing were reported in North Nazimabad, Sea View, Liaquatabad, Azam Basti, Saeedabad, and Clifton Zamzam.

Two individuals were arrested in Korangi for violating the ban, while an accused was apprehended in Site Area Pathan Colony by the Kemari police.

In Karachi, despite the prohibition, some areas witnessed aerial firing and fireworks at midnight, leading to injuries.

The Korangi police arrested two individuals in connection with these incidents.

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