| GEO Pakistan|
| Eid-ul-fitr celebrated with religious fervour|
| Updated at: 0102 PST, Thursday, October 02, 2008|
ISLAMABAD: Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated with religious enthusiasm and fervor all across the country on Wednesday. Eid prayers were offered at Eidgahs, mosques and open places all over the country. In their sermons, Ulema highlighted the philosophy of Eid and prayed for progress and solidarity of the country and Muslim Ummah.
Stringent security measures were taken in the all major cities of the country on this occasion.
The biggest Eid congregation was held here at historic Faisal Mosque in which a large number of people belonging to different walks of life, diplomats from various Muslim countries, offered their Eid prayers.
President Asif Ali Zardari offered Eid prayers here at the mosque of Aiwan-e-Sadar.
This was the first Eid of President Zardari after he was elected as the democratic head of the state and took oath of the office.
Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani offered Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at a mosque of Prime Minister House on Wednesday.
Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik, Secretary Interior Syed Kamal Shah and staff of PM house offered prayers along with the Prime Minister.
In Karachi the main Eid congregation was held at Polo Ground where Sindh Governor, Dr Ishratul-Ebad Khan offered Namaz Eid-ul-Fitr along with provincial ministers present in the city Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal, Chief Secretary Fazlur Rehman, IGP Sultan Salahuddin Babar Khattak, diplomats, senior officials and city notables.
Strict Security arrangements were made on the occasion of Namaz-Eid-ul-Fitr.
The biggest Eid congregations in Balochistan capital Quetta, were held in the provincial capital at Eidgah Toghi Road, Jamay Masjid Quetta, Liaqat Park, Railway Hockey Ground, Sarawan House, Eidgah Alamdar Road, Jamay Masajid of Satellite Town, Sariab Road and Jinnah Town where Khateebs Maulana Anwar-ul-Haq Haqqani, Allama Shehzad Attari, Maulana Sadiq, Allama Mehdi Najafi and Maulana Hakeem delivered special sermons about significance of the day and stressed the need for Ummah’s unity and for ending differences.
Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi offered Eid prayer at Eidgah Toghi Road where some members of the provincial cabinet and senior civil officials also offered Eid prayer. Later, the Governor exchanged Eid greetings with the people and extended his profound greetings to them.
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani offered Eid prayer at Sarawan House and later, he exchanged Eid greetings with the people. He extended Eid greetings to them.
Eid ul Fitr was also celebrated with great enthusiasm and religious fervor in the Frontier Province and tribal agencies. The main congregation of Eid was held at Eid Gah Charsadda Road which was led by Chief Khateeb Roohullah Madni.
The Governor and Chief Minister offered their prayers at lawn of Governor House. A large number of civil and military officials, elite, and public offered Eid there.
In Lahore, millions of faithful offered Eid prayers in more than 900 mosques and open places in the city including Masjid Wazir Khan, Darus Salam, Bagh-i-Jinnah, Masjid Shuhada, Khalid Jamia Masjid Cavelry ground,Ittefaq Masjid Model Town, Jamia Masjid DHA and Masjid Data Darbar.
The main congregation of eid was held at historic Badshahi Mosque where Governor Punjab Salman Taseer also offered Eid prayers.
Armed Forces celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr with traditional zeal and fervour. Large Eid congregations were held in garrison mosques where senior serving/retired military officers offered Eid prayers with troops and prayed for the prosperity and well-being of the country.
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Tariq Majid along with other high ranking military and civil officials offered Eid prayers at Joint Staff Headquarters’ Mosque.
The congregation offered special prayers for the solidarity and prosperity of Pakistan.