ISLAMABAD: Eid-al-Azha was celebrated across the country on Saturday with zeal and fervor and a renewed commitment to make country prosperous and invincible against threats to its integrity.
On the occasion, small and big Eid congregations were held at hundreds of Eidgahs, principal mosques and open places throughout the country.
In their Eid sermons, Ulema and Khateeb highlighted the significance and philosophy of the sacrifice and urged the Muslims to follow the teachings of Islam that call for greater unity of Muslim Ummah.
Special prayers were offered for the integrity, solidarity and prosperity of the country and unity among the Muslim Ummah.
The Ulema urged the Muslims to shun petty differences, stand united and seek Allah’s blessings for emancipation from all ills.
The Interior Ministry had employed security measure to thwart any untoward incident as security officials were deployed outside the mosques, Eidgahs and open places where faithful offered Eid. Mobile service remained suspended in several areas of the country for four hours.
In Islamabad the largest Eid Congregation was held at Faisal Mosque.
In Lahore, the traditional Eid congregation was held at Badshahi Mosque.
Hundreds of thousands of believers thronged mosques, Eidgahs and Imambarghas to offer Eid prayers at over 500 places in the city.
Eid congregations were also held in Data Darbar Mosque, Masjid Shuhada, Masjid Wazir Khan, Jamia Mosque, Tehrik Minhaj ul Quran and Bagh-e-Jinnah Mosque, Karbala Gamey Shah and Islampura mosque.
Special arrangements were also made for Eid prayers within premises of all jails across the province including Lahore.
In Karachi, main Eid congregation was held at Bagh-e-Qauid-e-Azam while the congregation at polo ground was joined by Ministers, Chief Secretary Sindh, diplomats of muslim countries and city’s elite.
After Eid prayers, the faithful sacrificed animals in pursuance of Sunnat-e-Ibrahimi.
In Peshawar, KPK Governor Barrister Masood Kausar and Chief Minister Amir Haider Hoti offered Eid prayer at Governor’s House.
Special prayers were offered for security, solidarity, integrity, development, peace and prosperity of the country as well as elimination of terrorism.
Eid al Azha was also offered in Balochistan, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and other areas with a commitment and prayers to steer country out of the present crisis.
State television and radio and private TV and radio channels had telecast and broadcast different program in connection with this auspicious occasion.
Newspapers published special supplements to highlight the importance of the Day.