Raiwind congregation: 250,000 people undergo biometric verification
LAHORE: As many as 250,000 participants of Raiwind Ijtima (congregation) underwent biometric verification in the first phase of the event, which is going to conclude on Sunday (today).
“We have carried out biometric verification of more than 250,000 people who came from different parts of the country to participate in the Tableeghi Jamaat congregation in Raiwind,” Superintendent of Police (SP) Security Ibadat Nisar said.
Talking to Dawn on Saturday, he said they had established nine biometric verification spots where policemen and officials of the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) were checking and verifying every participant of the congregation. “They are verifying the identity of the participant to confirm it from the criminal record data.”
In last two days, two Afghan nationals were arrested for using Pakistani identification cards. Nadra had marked these Afghan nationals as aliens and their Pakistani identification cards were cancelled.
He said these efforts would help security agencies ensure safety of the congregation and it will also help them to maintain record of the participants.
“Non-verified participants will be taken into custody and will also be interrogated briefly.”
The Raiwind congregation takes place every year and due to lack of space at its centre, the congregation has been divided into two phases. In the first phase thousands of people from Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Layyah, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Khanewal and Vehari are participating, while those from Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Jhang, Chiniot, Sahiwal, Swat, Kalam, Mingora, Miranshah, Wana, Waziristan, Karachi and Dera Ismail Khan will attend the second.
He said they were also recording footage of all participants of the congregation