Islamabad: Eidul Azha was celebrated across Pakistan today with religious fervour and enthusiasm.
The day began with special prayers in mosques for the peace and progress of Pakistan and the Muslim Umma. People flocked to mosques in droves to offer Eid prayers, where religious scholars highlighted the significance of the occasion in their sermons.
Large congregations of worshippers gathered for Eid prayers at Islamabad's Faisal Mosque and Lahore's Badshahi Mosque. After offering Eid prayers, the faithful sacrificed animals to mark the 10th of Zilhaj.
Eidul Azha or the Festival of Sacrifice celebrates the end of the Haj pilgrimage to Makkah and commemorates Prophet Ibrahim's (A.S.) readiness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to God.
Eid celebrations had kicked off in parts of Khyber Pakthunkhwa on Thursday, while partial Eid was observed in other parts of the province,
However, most of the country celebrate Eid on Friday in line with the announcement of the central moon-sighting body, Ruet-i-Hilal Committee.
The federal and provincial governments chalked out elaborate security arrangements across the country on the occasion to ward off untoward incidents, Radio Pakistan reported.
Civic authorities in different cities and towns also made special arrangements for the disposal of offal and other waste generated during the slaughter of animals across the country.
On the occasion of Eid, President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif extended Eid greetings to the nation and urged Pakistanis to share the joys of Eid with the poor and under-privileged.
The president asked people to remember the sacrifices of the armed forces fighting terrorism. PM Nawaz encouraged the masses to "rise above personal, sectarian, and party interests" in order to eliminate extremism.
President Mamnoon Hussain offered Eid prayers at the State Guest House in Karachi, after which he exchanged greetings with fellow worshippers.