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Pakistan

Pakistan celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr as economic crisis dampens festivities

  • Day begins with Eid prayers taking place in mosques across all major cities and towns
Published April 22, 2023 Updated April 23, 2023

Pakistan celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr on Saturday with zeal and fervor, but a prolonged economic crisis, one of the country's worst, has muted celebrations.

The day began with Eid prayers taking place in mosques across all major cities and towns. According to Radio Pakistan, the main congregation was held at Faisal Mosque in Islamabad and top government officials offered Eid prayers there.

After offering Eid prayers in Lahore, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif prayed for peace and prosperity of the nation. He further exchanged Eid greetings with the people.

The prime minister particularly prayed for the salvation of the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir as well as Palestine, and for the rehabilitation of the quake-hit people of Turkiye and Syria.

Earlier, in his message to the nation on Eid, he advised the people to take care of the needy, poor, destitute, and orphans around them.

“May the blessed occasion bring immense happiness and joy in life of every Muslim,” he prayed.

The prime minister also assured that the coalition government was making persistent effort to put on the people the minimum burden of the difficult economic conditions.

PM Shehbaz expressed the hope that his government would rid the people of prevailing problems, including unprecedented inflation.

The PM extended his greetings to overseas Pakistanis and Muslims all over the world. He urged the people to remember those fellow citizens who had been suffering from the consequences of last year’s floods.

The premier also paid tribute to those martyred in the war against terrorism and expressed condolence and sympathies with the bereaved families.

In a tweet, PM Shehbaz wrote "On this joyful occasion of Eid, share happiness with your loved ones and don't forget the economically weak people around you."

"I pray that this Eid will be a harbinger of peace, security, development and prosperity for Pakistan and the Islamic world."

President Dr Arif Alvi offered the prayer at Faisal Mosque and prayed for peace, progress and prosperity of the country.

The president mixed up with the people at the mosque and exchanged Eid greetings.

The president specially prayed for the salvation of the people of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir from the Indian suppression and atrocities.

Earlier, in his message to the countrymen, the president appealed to the public not to allow their sectarian, religious, and political differences to become a source of strife and hatred.

The president asked the countryfolk to play their role in moving the country towards political and economic stability.

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Javed Apr 22, 2023 12:38pm
On this Eid day, one wonders what the generals have wrought...In Pakistan...an LDC... people are struggling and dying in long lines to get flour...in contrast, in India...a G-20 country...people are standing in line to get locally produced iPhones! Enough is enough...generals should realize their blunder and surrender!
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Tulukan Mairandi Apr 22, 2023 04:14pm
Pakistanis are celebrating Eid while they are starving, broke, deeply distrustful and boiling with rage that their money is worth 60% what it was worth last year
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test Apr 22, 2023 08:30pm
Kick assembling plants out of the country and start local manufacturing. Manufacturing will create millions of jobs while assembling will create a few thousand of jobs. Elite class has to understand that otherwise just remember the buying power of common man is falling due to rising unemployment and higher inflation coupled by higher interest rates due to fiscal deficit & trade deficit. We need experts in policy making all of them. We need engineering and financial experts. We need PhD engineers, scientists and economists instead of matric, fa, ba and ma pass fools destroying the country like idiots. Elite class has to make some boundaries they need to have more and more engineering and financial experts in the policy making believe me it will help in the longer run. Change the criteria from matric fa ba and ma to PhD in engineering, science, management and economics with at least 10 years of industrial experience. Make it a must in all public offices which are used to make policies.
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