In Pakistan, congregational prayers have been allowed during the month of Ramadan, after the implementation of a 20-point plan regarding safety measures against the spread of Covid-19.
However, a report on 250 at risk mosques and imambargahs in Rawalpindi found that many were not implementing the guidelines strictly. The Rawalpindi district police has served 460 notices to the administrations of the mosques for violating the 20-point guidelines.
In the Rawalpindi division, 250 mosques and imambargahs have been declared sensitive; 61 of the total are located in Rawalpindi district, 18 in Attock, 42 in Jhelum and 129 in Chakwal.
This is what you need to know:
- In 52 mosques and imambargahs, the presence of people over 50 years of age was noted.
- In contradiction to the 20 point guidelines, children were also present at places of worship.
- In six mosques, carpets were found and the floors were not clean as per the government’s directives.
- 14 mosques in the Rawalpindi district, out of the 17 at which Taraweeh prayers are being offered, lacked adequate space between the main entrance and the prayer hall.
- In 14 mosques and imambargahs, including four located in Rawalpindi district, lighting arrangements were found to be unsatisfactory.
- In 79 mosques and imambargahs, private security guards had not been deployed or were not performing duties properly.
- In 34 mosques, police guards were either not present or found to be not alert at the time of inspection.
- In 52 mosques and imambargahs, body searches were not being carried out.
- Checking through metal detectors was not carried out in 43 mosques and imambargahs.