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Pakistan Celebrates Eid ul Fitr, Prays for Gaza

On the auspicious occasion of Eid ul Fitr, the people of Pakistan stood in solidarity with their brethren in Gaza, who have been enduring the harsh realities of war for the past six months. The day began with prayers marking the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting from dawn till dusk, and the commencement of the three-day festival of Eid ul Fitr.

The war in Gaza, which started on October 7, has resulted in the confirmed deaths of at least 33,360 Palestinians. The health ministry of Gaza provided this grim update, adding that there could be thousands more dead, yet to be recovered from the rubble. Amidst these circumstances, Hamas is considering a ceasefire proposal from Israel, although it has stated that the proposal does not meet the demands of freedom fighters.

Pakistan’s top leadership, in their Eid messages, expressed solidarity with the war-torn nation and called upon the international community to ensure immediate peace in Gaza and provide assistance to the Palestinians. President Asif Ali Zardari, in his statement, urged the Pakistani nation and the Muslim Ummah to show compassion and generosity, and share their happiness with the poor and needy.

He further emphasized that Eid ul Fitr is a day to share happiness with others and show generosity to the deprived sections of society. He also expressed that the Pakistani nation is determined to overcome challenges, extend a helping hand to the needy, and work for a bright and prosperous future for everybody.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif conveyed Eid greetings, emphasizing the festival’s themes of compassion, generosity, and societal harmony. He highlighted the importance of remembering the less fortunate during celebrations and paid tribute to martyrs who sacrificed their lives for peace. The Prime Minister also called for solidarity with Palestinians and Kashmiris facing adversities, praying for global peace and the spread of Islam’s message of humanity’s emancipation.

The Pakistan Armed Forces, represented by General Sahir Shamshad Mirza and other Service Chiefs, expressed pride in serving the nation, especially on Eid. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement honored the courage of national heroes and martyrs, acknowledging their sacrifices for the country’s safety and sovereignty, and wished for Allah’s blessings to bring peace and prosperity to Pakistan.

In addition to the Eid celebrations, the latest news indicates that the Shawwal moon has been sighted, marking the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid ul Fitr. The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee and its zonal bodies held meetings in different parts of the country to collect evidence of Shawwal moon sighting. The final announcement regarding the sighting of the moon was made by Chairman Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad.

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