Eid Al Fitr celebrated with zeal

ISLAMABAD - Eid Al Fitr was celebrated with traditional zeal and festivities across Pakistan on Monday.

By (Our Correspondent)

Published: Wed 22 Aug 2012, 12:45 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 9:52 AM

Top leadership including President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and MQM chief Altaf Hussain in their separate messages greeted the nation on the occasion and called for peace, tolerance, harmony and magnanimity.

Strict security measures were taken in major cities where mobile services were also suspended for 14 hours to avert any terrorist threat.

Eid congregations were held at thousands of places all over Pakistan where prayers were offered for peace, solidarity and security of the Muslims of Pakistan and the world.

The interior ministry blocked mobile services for 14 hours from 8pm Sunday to 10am Monday for fear of security threat from terrorists.

President Asif Ali Zardari offered Eid prayers in Karachi along with Sindh Governor Ishratul Ibad and senior provincial ministers.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf offered prayers at the main Eid congregation in Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, while Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry offered prayers in Quetta.

In parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Eid was celebrated on Sunday. While Chief Minister Amir Haider Hoti and his cabinet members as also JUI chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman offered prayers on Sunday, Governor Masud Kausar celebrated Eid with the rest of the country on Monday.

President Zardari in his message called for rejecting “extremist trends and negative propaganda of misguided elements in the country” by promoting Islamic teachings of tolerance and affinity.

The president mentioned the recent incident of firing by miscreants on passenger buses in Lulusar, Gilgit-Baltistan and said that such acts of sectarianism and violence were completely against the teachings of Islam.

About 700 congregations were assembled in Lahore amid tight security, after which people greeted each other. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif celebrated Eid in Lahore.


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