Divided opinion: K-P celebrates Eid amid pockets of defiance

With the exception of government officials, people in Swat and Dera Ismail Khan refused to celebrate Eid on Sunday.

Our Correspondent August 19, 2012


While the rest of the country celebrates Eidul Fitr today, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa remained divided, with much of the province celebrating on Sunday – and with others in the province refusing to go against the Central Moon-sighting Committee’s decision.

Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti, Awami National Party Chairman Asfandyar Wali and Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain offered Eid prayers at the Chief Minister Secretariat.

Conspicuously, with the exception of government officials, people in Swat and Dera Ismail Khan refused to celebrate Eid on Sunday.

In Mingora, the announcement to observe Eid on Sunday was made by the office of district coordination officer. Elsewhere in Swat district, the announcement was made by police.

But after the announcement, Ulema in various areas denounced the decision and urged people to celebrate Eid on Monday with the rest of the country.

Condemning the provincial government’s announcement of celebrating Eid on Sunday, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) Swat chapter General Secretary Qari Shamsur Rehman Khalil said, “We are committed to following the announcement of the Central Moon-sighting Committee and not the provincial committee, so we will celebrate Eid with the central government.”

Residents in certain areas of Peshawar also refused to celebrate Eid on Sunday, including in Peshawar Cantonment, Defence Colony, Shami Road, Yakatot, Gulbahar, Nishtarabad, Bilal Town and some parts of Dalazak Road.

The people of Hazara also stuck to a decades-old tradition of celebrating Eid in accordance with the announcement made by the Central Moon-sighting Committee, including even some Pashto-speaking areas.

“This is not the first time the clerics in Charsadda, Mardan, Bannu and Peshawar have misled the people in their areas,” said Qari Abdul Khaliq, a local religious leader.

However, Afghan refugees living in camps in Haripur and Mansehra districts observed Eidul Fitr with Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

In DI Khan, the Millat e Jafria and Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat celebrated Eid on the outskirts of the city. Eid was celebrated on Sunday in Kohat, Hangu, Mardan, Swabi, Buner, Upper and Lower Dir, Kurram, Orakzai, Jamrud, Bara, Landi Kotal, Charsadda, Mohmand, Bajaur and South Waziristan.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 20th, 2012.


bsmarwat | 11 years ago | Reply

i am from dera ismail khan, and here only shias and barelvis followed ruet-e-hilal. else we all celebrated with Pashtunkhwa government and masjid qasim ali khan.

abdullah khan | 11 years ago | Reply There are two basic phases or process or procedure of moon sighting. The birth of moon occurs before its visibility. This is fixed process of Nature and no change occur in this process The other is Visibility of Moon. Visibility in different region in different days. Mullah and his party insisted on visibility. Of moon to Create Room for Himself. If the Islamic lunar calender will base on birth of moon than there will b no complication than All Ummah will celebrate eid on one day with the help of the knowledge the human gain till yet and the founders which were early Muslims
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