ISLAMABAD: The first day of Eidul Fitr is being celebrated across Pakistan with religious fervour on Wednesday.
Millions of Muslims offered Eid prayers in mosques and open places.
People offered special prayers for the solidarity, prosperity and integrity of Pakistan and unity amongst Muslims.
More than 300 Eid congregations were held in the twin cities. The biggest Eid congregation in Islamabad was held at the grand Faisal Mosque, that was attended by senior officials and prominent citizens.
The biggest congregation in Rawalpindi was held at the historic Liaquat Bagh.
Special security arrangements have been made across the country to avert any untoward incident on Eid.
Police and other law enforcers have also been deployed at different public places, highways, big shopping malls and markets.
Eid preparations reached their peak on Chaand Raat as soon as the sighting of the moon was announced last night.
Markets and shopping malls were flooded with people of all ages.
As the announcement of the Shawwal moon was made, a large number of people, including women and children, headed towards the markets for last minute shopping.
Shops selling shoes and clothes were especially crammed with buyers.
All the major markets of Lahore remained crowded till late night, while the hustle and bustle also caused traffic jams in many areas.
Pillion riding ban lifted in Karachi
The Sindh government lifted ban on pillion on riding Karachi for five days to allow transport convenience during Eid.
The home department of Sindh issued a notification on the instructions of Home Minister Manzoor Wasan to relax the ban on pillion riding.
The ban has been lifted from August 31 to September 4.
Wasan has termed the move an 'Eid gift' for the people of Karachi.
The move has been taken following announcement made by Interior Minister Rehman Malik earlier.
Ban on pillion riding was imposed last month for indefinite period due to deteriorating law and order situation of the city.