ISLAMABAD: Eid-ul-Azha is being celebrated with traditional and religious fervor across Pakistan today.
The day dawned with special Eid prayers in mosques for the well-being of Muslim Ummah, progress, prosperity and security of the country, and liberation of Palestine and people in occupied Kashmir.
Eid congregations were held this morning at mosques, Eidgahs and open places in all cities, towns and villages across the country.
After offering Eid prayers, the faithful will slaughter their sacrificial animals to mark the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah and in commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) readiness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God’s command.
Strict security measures have been deployed in major cities of the country including Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta, and Peshawar.
In the federal capital, the main Eid congregation was held at Faisal Mosque, where federal ministers, politicians and parliamentarians, Muslim diplomats and notables joined thousands of faithful in prayers.
In Lahore, the main congregation was held at the historic Badshahi Mosque, along with other congregations at Data Darbar Mosque, Nasir Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Minar-e-Pakistan, Model Town Park, Jamia Naeemia, Jamia Ashrafia, Idara Minhajul Hussain, Jamiatul Muntazir Model Town, Jamia Mosque Mansoorah, and many other places.
Around 20,000 police personnel under the supervision of divisional SPs are performing their duties in Lahore.
Main congregations in Hyderabad were held at the Eidgah Rani Bagh, Old Eidgah Cantonment, Masjid Abul Fazal Abbas Qadamgah Moula Ali, Masjid Dargah Sakhi Wahab Shah Jilani, Police Headquarter Ground, Bagh-e-Mustafa Ground Latifabad, Aisha Park Latifabad, Bilal Masjid Amani Shah Colony, and Eidgah Paretabad.
The local newspapers have also brought out special Eid supplements highlighting the significance of the day while radio and television channels are broadcasting special Eid programmes.
The Solid Waste Management Company has alerted its staff to take away offal and later bury it in open fields outside of residential places.
In addition, the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) has taken special measures for continuous water supply to the citizens on Eid days.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his message on Eid-ul-Azha, said that he hopes God accepts our prayers and sacrifices on this auspicious occasion.
“I congratulate the entire Pakistani nation on Eid-ul-Azha,” he said, adding that the willingness to sacrifice holds universal significance.
Nations devoid of the spirit of sacrifice can never progress, PM Imran remarked, adding that the spirit of sacrifice means that you give preference to national interests over your personal wishes.