Posted: 28 October 2006 at 9:20am
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Eid-ul-Fitr celebrated with religious zeal
ISLAMABAD: The nation celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr on Wednesday with religious enthusiasm and solemn pledge to make Pakistan a truly enlightened Muslim welfare state.
Marking the culmination of Ramazan, the faithful started their day with Fajr prayers and later they thronged to offer special Eid prayers. A huge number of big and small congregations were held across the country to thank Almighty Allah by bowing their heads besides asking for His blessings, welfare, prosperity and well-being of the whole Muslim Ummah.
The Ulema and religious scholars highlighted the philosophy and importance of Ramazan and Eid-ul-Fitr. They called upon the faithful to promote the lofty principles of Islam for peace, tolerance, forbearance, co-existence and harmony in the light of the Holy Qur'aan and Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
The largest congregation of the capital was held at the Faisal Mosque where President Gen Pervez Musharraf and a large number of people including federal ministers, parliamentarians, diplomats and other notables of the society offered prayers.
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz offered prayers at the Prime Minister Staff Colony Mosque and offered prayers for Pakistan's progress, prosperity, strength and unity of the Muslim Ummah. Hundreds of faithful joined the prime minister in offering special prayers for the Kashmir and Palestine cause, early rehabilitation of the earthquake-affected people, and welfare and success of the Pakistani nation in all spheres.
People from all walks of life attended the Open House reception to exchange Eid greetings with Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz at the PM House.
In utter contrast to the otherwise quiet roads of the capital, those leading to the Aiwan-e-Sadr and the Prime Minister House remained unusually busy, with visitors coming in to exchange Eid greetings.
The guests for the PM House included federal ministers, ministers of state, advisers, politicians, parliamentarians, federal secretaries, religious leaders, diplomats, senior military and civil officials, literary figures, editors, columnists, businessmen and elite of the city.
President Gen Pervez Musharraf and First Lady Begum Sehba Musharraf also visited the PM House. The prime minister also called on the president at the Aiwan-e-Sadr and exchanged Eid greetings.
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Ehsan ul Haq, Vice Chief of Army Staff Gen Ahsan Saleem Hyat and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Afzal Tahir called on President Gen Pervez Musharraf and exchanged Eid greetings with him. They remained with the president for some time and discussed matters of national interest.
Later, the ambassadors based in Islamabad along with their spouses called on President Musharraf at the Aiwan-e-Sadr to exchange Eid greetings. Federal ministers, ministers of state, parliamentarians, senior government and military officers, religious scholars and businessmen from across the country were also present at the reception.
President Musharraf met with each and every guest and exchanged Eid greetings with them. First Lady Begum Sehba Musharraf was also present on the occasion.
A minorities' delegation comprising representatives from the Christian, Hindu, Sikh and other communities led by Minister of State for Minorities Affairs Prof Mushtaq Victor also called on President Musharraf and offered Eid greetings to him.
The biggest congregation in Rawalpindi was held at Liaquat Bagh where thousands of the faithful offered Eid prayers. Similar congregations were also held in other major and small cities and villages in the country. The faithful exchanged Eid greetings and visited the graves of their loved ones.
Meanwhile, the Islamabad Capital Territory Police chalked out special arrangements to ensure security of people on Eid-ul-Fitr. More than 1,300 personnel were deployed in parts of the capital city to ensure security of life and property of the people on Eid.
At Eidgahs, mosques and Imambargahs security cover was provided by policemen in plain clothes as well as in uniform. The policemen were also deployed at parks and recreational places besides major hotels of the capital. A large number of policemen were kept in reserve in case of any untoward happening or eventuality.
Like other parts of the country, Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated with religious fervour in Lahore on Wednesday. Hundreds of thousands of faithful offered Eid-ul-Fitr prayers with religious fervour and solemnity at over 500 mosques, parks and open places in the provincial capital.
Punjab Governor Lt-Gen (retd) Khalid Maqbool and Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry offered Eid-ul-Fitr prayers along with a large number of faithful at the historic Badshahi Mosque.
The city roads saw bumper-to-bumper traffic at Chand Raat but wore a deserted look on Eid day as majority of non-Lahorites left for their home towns to celebrate the gala with their families. The law enforcement agencies adopted strict security measures.
Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated with traditional zeal and religious fervour in Balochistan on Wednesday. The day dawned with special prayers in mosques and Eidgahs for the solidarity, integrity and prosperity of the country and unity of Muslim Ummah in all the districts of the province.
In the provincial capital, Eid congregations were held in different parts of the city, however, the big and noticeable congregation was observed in Eidgah Toghi Road where most of the city notables including Balochistan Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani offered the Eid prayer. The governor later met people from different walks of life at the Governor House and exchanged Eid greetings with them.
Special fairs were arranged and circuses were set up in different localities of the city to provide entertainment to people particularly to children who enjoyed different kinds of swings and food stalls at these sites
The people of interior of Sindh also celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr with traditional zeal, enthusiasm and religious fervour. The day dawned with thanksgiving prayers in the mosques, while Eid congregations were held at over two hundred central mosques, Eidgahs and open places in Hyderabad City, Latifabad, Qasimabad and Hyderabad Rural Talukas of the district where tens of thousands of the faithful bowed their heads before Almighty Allah. The main Eid congregations were held at Eidgah Thandi Sarak, Cantonment Eidgah and Masjid Abul Fazal Abbas in Hyderabad. Ulema and Khateebs in their Eid sermons highlighted the importance of the day.
Edited by indian_masala - 28 October 2006 at 9:20am