Eid prayers were held amid tight security arrangements across the country to mark the beginning of the three-day festival amid calls for modest celebrations by army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and the governments of Balochistan and Punjab.
The otherwise festive atmosphere has been marred by gloom after the deadly oil tanker fire in Bahawalpur and the earlier terrorist attacks in Parachinar and Quetta.
President Mamnoon Hussain offered Eid prayers at Islamabad’s Faisal Mosque, where the premier’s foreign affairs adviser, Sartaj Aziz, and former interior minister Rehman Malik were also present. A Eid-related ceremony at the Presidency was cancelled owing to the Bahawalpur fire tragedy.
Pakistan Peoples Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari offered Eid prayers at Garhi Khuda Bux along with party workers. He then offered a Fateha at the grave of his mother, grandfather and other relatives.
In Karachi, the main Eid congregation was held at 8AM at the Gulshan-e-Jinnah (Old Polo Ground) where Governor Sindh Mohammad Zubair and diplomats from some Muslim countries offered Eid prayers.
The governor exchanged Eid greetings with senior military and civil officers at the Governor House.
Namaz-e-Eid was offered at 4,000 mosques, Eidgahs, Imambarghas, parks, and open places in the port city.
Sindh Inspector General of Police AD Khawaja had directed the Karachi police to make foolproof security arrangements on the occasion. More than 9,000 police personnel were deployed for security duty in the metropolis.
K-Electric spokesperson Sadia Dada said on Sunday that there would be no load-shedding in residential areas during the three days of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Eid is also being celebrated in Indian Occupied Kashmir, India, Bangladesh and several other countries.
The 2018 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) annual conference is scheduled for April 8 to 11 in Boao, Hainan Province. The forum will be themed "An Open and Innovative Asia for a World of Greater Prosperity."
— The Daily Mail - People's Daily