Islamabad mosques following prayer SOPs, says Deputy Commissioner

Teams from DC Islamabad’s office regularly inspecting mosques in various areas

Congregational prayers in the federal capital are taking place according to the mutually agreed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) between the Ulema and the government, according to Islamabad Deputy Commissioner (DC) Hamza Shafqaat.

The guidelines have been set by the government to contain the spread of COVID-19 during Ramadan.

DC office informed that the majority  of the mosques were following the government’s directives based on the SOPs by ensuring advised distance among the worshippers, cleaning of mosques and wearing the masks.

Although citizens have complained that some of the mosques may not be following the instructions by the city administration.

DC Islamabad appreciated the clerics for cooperating with the city administration. He specially mentioned Jamia Muhammadia of sector F-6/4 as the best among Islamabad’s all mosques in enforcing the guidelines. The enforcement of SOP was even better than that of our government offices, the DC observed.

Mr Shafqaat said the teams of the district administration were regularly checking the mosques and assistant commissioners concerned were supervising their respective teams. He also contradicted a media report as concocted and baseless alleging that only the mosques in urban Islamabad were implementing the guidelines.

The DC also said the police had not arrested Maulana Masood Alvi, rather he was called to police station over violation of SOPs at his mosque.

To a question, Assistant Commissioner (Rural) said most part of rural sub division consisted of private housing societies and their management was cooperating with the city administration for enforcement of the SOPs.

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