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.
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@Muhammad Ahsan Khan: So, it is normal that « Pakistanis celebrate Eid with religious fervour » No, it isn't 'normal'. Fervour extrapolates from the word FERVENT, which means zealous. Zealous means marked with partisanship. Partisanship means being marked as one who exhibits blind, prejudiced, and unreasoning allegiance. The attitude it breeds is one of exclusivity and superiority to others. In Islam, the message is of equality of all and just and equal treatment of both the faithful and those of other faiths alike. The true Jihad is the one we practice inside, not fight with others outside. The true Jihad is one of a strongly willed non-violent spirituality, not of being stronghanded offensive behaviour. The religious fervour which you deem as normal, often leads us to create the wrong kind of environment, where the external kind of Jihad is encouraged, and where the internal kind of Jihad becomes the casualty. The holy month of Ramadan and the Eid, seeks to create the right environment that promotes our internal Jihad. To end it with 'religious fervour' instead of 'spiritual depth', is a misinterpretation of the very tenets of our peaceful faith.
The first day after a month of Fasting is certainly a Festive Day, How this festiveity is celebrated is a matter of choice,
The people of Pakistan have no alternative but to rejoice with Relegious Fervour,
The people of Pakistan live in an Islamic Republic, The Religion (Islam) is everywhere. It is in the constitution, It is in the System of Government, It is in the Army, It is in the Judiciary, It is in every heart, brain and bone of Pakistani Muslims,
They love each other religiously and they kill each othher because of Religion,
So, it is normal that « Pakistanis celebrate Eid with religious fervour »,
@Malik Sajjad: That is very racist. Why Eid Mubarak only to Muslims? Why not Non-Muslims? Are they not Human Beings?
EID MUBARIK TO ALL MUSLIMS AND EVERY PAKISTANI SPECIALLY. AGAIN VERY VERY DIL SAY EID MUBARAK.
Balma says "Most Pakistanis and Indians, especially the burgers, have zero command over the English language. Therefore, I am not surprised at the misuse and abuse of English words at English newspapers in Pakistan and India."
FYI, you should write as "abuse of English words in English newspapers" and not "at English newspapers".
What is a burger? By the way.
Oh and before I forget, here in India we are celebrating two festivals (Gowri Ganesha and Eid), peacefully.
Most Pakistanis and Indians, especially the burgers, have zero command over the English language. Therefore, I am not surprised at the misuse and abuse of English words at English newspapers in Pakistan and India.
@ RS Johar - thank you. To all of our friends in India as well.
@ Pundit & Irfaan Ahmed - very good points.
Wrong Reporting. Pakistanis did not celebrated Eid with religious fervor. You forgot mass killing of Eid Namaz in Quetta. You forgot beheaded Pakistanis in the last weeks of Ramadan, You forgot shopkeepers closing their shops in protest in Ramadan. Those who were celebrating Eid Today were really weeping. Such a bad Eid never seen before.
Eid Mubarak from London(istan)
Pakistan could do with less religious fever and more quiet introspection.
I would rather that all Pakistanis celebrate Eid with SPIRITUAL DEPTH, and not RELIGIOUS FERVOUR. Our use of language mirrors, how we relate to divinity and how our actions keep pace with that choice of words. Use softer and sweeter language ... and experience the true spirit of Eid. Strong language is best dispensed with.
It will be that day when all ( all means all) Pakistanis will celebrate Eid with festive fervor and not religious fervor.
Like we all celebrate XMAS whether christian or not !
That will be the day !
'Eid' Mubarak to all our Pakistan friends from India. May God/Allah bless both countries with peace, harmony and prosperity.
Thanks to KESC we are sitting in the dark from 11 am. Eid Mubarak to all.
Masha Allah! I wish a Happy, prosperous and peaceful eid to all of my brothers and sisters around the globe :) EID MUBARAK !! :) stay blessed.
True ! (Y) Had a Awesome ChandRaat And Enjoying Eid like never before ! Happy Eid to all folks ! :)
Eid Mubarak Pakistan... :)