Eidul Azha was celebrated with traditional fervor in the city. During Eid congregations, special prayers were offered for the flood-affected people and the displaced people of North Waziristan.
The largest Eid congregation was held at Badshahi Masjid where Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar offered Eid prayers.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, former president Asif Ali Zardari, former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and former governor Sardar Latif Khosa also offered Eid prayers in Lahore.
Special security measures were taken in Lahore on Eid and heavy police contingents were deployed at sensitive locations.
CM spends Eid in flood-hit areas:
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif celebrated Eidul Azha with the flood-affected people of Hafizabad and Chiniot. He offered Eid prayers at Kot Saleem.
The chief minister distributed Eid gifts among the people.
Talking to the flood-affected people, the chief minister said that the government was taking steps for the welfare of the people.
“Negative emotions like anger, obstinacy and greed for power are behind the sit-ins going on in Islamabad. The protests have ruined the economy. Some people want to enter the corridors of power through the backdoor,” he said.
The chief minister called upon the political leaders to work together for progress and prosperity of the nation. “The Pakistani nation can stand on its own feet through hard work, trust and honesty. The visit of the Chinese president had to be postponed due to these protests,” he said.
Patients at hospital:
Most of the patients brought to hospitals during the holidays suffered from gastroenteritis and high blood pressure. Several cases of consuming poisonous liquor were also reported.
“Several people were brought to Mayo Hospital emergency after overeating. The patients of hepatitis C and other chronic liver diseases should avoid red meat. Some patients who had drunk poisonous alcohol were also brought in the emergency,” said Dr Salman Kazmi at Mayo Hospital.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 9th, 2014.