Islamabad - The authorities in Islamabad will be on high alert over the festive occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) followed by Christmas this midweek.

The security forces are taking no risk as the holidays of local police have been cancelled till December 31, according to the official sources. According to SSP Sajid Kiani, around 3,000 security personnel would be guarding the capital city against security threats during the holidays.

The police have chalked out a special plan for the security of sensitive installations and churches at Christmas. Snipers will be posted on high-rise buildings to thwart any possible threat to the life and property of the people, said the police sources.

This festive season is unique as both Muslims and Christians will be celebrating two religious festivals on two consecutive days. Muslims will commemorate Holy Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday on December 24. The Islamabad police high-ups have instructed subordinates to pay attention to the areas where mosques and churches are located close to one another, to make sure that there is no friction between followers of the two religions.

Rangers and Pak army personnel are already in the capital to meet any security challenge. Similarly, city hospitals would remain on alert to provide medical treatment in case some incident of terrorism takes place.

Though the recent months have found decline in incidents of violence in the country, yet the possibility remains that the beleaguered terrorist elements may strike back, particularly on such occasions.

According to a report by the Centre for Research and Security Studies, FATA had the highest number of deaths from violence during the first quarter of the outgoing year, followed by Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Islamabad, and Gilgit-Baltistan. However, it recorded considerable decline in such incidents as compared to the corresponding period in 2014.