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Pakistan celebrates Eidul Fitr; expresses solidarity with Palestinians

President, PM reassures support to people of occupied Kashmir
Muslims offer special morning prayers to start Eidul Fitr at the historic Badshahi Mosque in Lahore on April 10, 2024. AFP
Muslims offer special morning prayers to start Eidul Fitr at the historic Badshahi Mosque in Lahore on April 10, 2024. AFP

Pakistan joined several Muslim countries on Wednesday to celebrate Eidul Fitr as leaders expressed solidarity with the people of Gaza, where Israeli strikes have killed more than 33,000 Palestinians and wounded 75,993.

“On behalf of the Pakistan nation, I want to give the message to the oppressed Muslims of Gaza and Palestine that the whole Pakistani nation expresses solidarity with you,” President Asif Ali Zardari said.

In his Eid message, the president urged the international community to ensure immediate peace in Gaza and provision of assistance to the Palestinians. “The oppression, barbarity and genocide by Israel is the gravest violation of human rights.”

He also mentioned the situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The president reassured the people of the territory of Pakistan’s support in line with UN resolutions and the Kashmiri people’s aspirations.

President Zardari also called for a spirit of compassion and generosity towards the less fortunate. He highlighted the essence of sharing and caring that marks the end of Ramazan.

He urged the nation to extend their joy to include the needy, orphans, and the destitute, sharing the happiness of Eid. “This auspicious day sends us a message of determination to face challenges, offer a helping hand to those in need, and work towards a brighter future for everyone,” he stated.

Remember Palestinian and Kashmiri brethren

In the same wavelength, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif highlighted that the joyous occasion’s core values of solidarity and generosity.

His message via state-run news agency also extended solidarity to Muslims in Palestine and Kashmir, facing challenges and oppression. “Let us not forget our Palestinian and Kashmiri brethren during our celebrations. We pray for their relief and for peace and harmony to prevail worldwide.”

The premier said: “Eidul Fitr marks not just the conclusion of Ramazan but also a period filled with blessings, spiritual growth, and an opportunity for introspection and improvement in patience, tolerance, and resilience.”

He stressed the importance of community and harmony. “As we revel in the festivities, let’s not overlook those among us in need. I urge everyone to extend their support to the less fortunate so they too can partake in the joy of Eid.”

He also paid tribute to the nation’s martyrs and armed forces. “We owe a debt of gratitude to our valiant soldiers and veterans whose relentless efforts ensure our safety and contribute to global peacekeeping.”

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also called for realising the true spirit of Eid when the underprivileged and needy segments of society are also embraced in celebration.

He urged the people to share the joy of Eid by extending invitations to their less fortunate relatives, neighbours, and fellow Muslim brothers and sisters in need.

Meanwhile, the armed forces have also shared their heartfelt wishes with the nation.

In a message, the Inter-Services Public Relations said that for soldiers, the essence of Eid was found in the honour of serving their country, often far from home and the joyous gatherings of Eid. “The true spirit of Eid for a soldier is the pride of being on the frontlines, protecting our nation, while being distant from family and the Eid celebrations,” it said.

The armed forces extended their prayers for Pakistan, hoping for Allah’s blessings to bring peace and prosperity to the beloved homeland. “On this significant day, let us remember the courage and valour of our national heroes, whose dedication serves as an inspiration for the armed forces of Pakistan and all its citizens,” the ISPR stated.

Incarcerated former prime minister Imran Khan dedicated most of his Eid message to the “sacrifices” of his party workers.

In a message on his social media platform X account, Khan prayed for the safety and security of Pakistan and sought “patience, perseverance, and victory over both state and non-state criminals”.

He also extended his prayers to “the people of Gaza facing genocide and the Kashmiris struggling against the ruthless Indian occupation”.

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