LAHORE - Muslims celebrated Eidul Fitr across the country with religious zeal and enthusiasm, marking the end of the holy month of fasting. In most parts of the country including the Punjab capital, Muslims celebrated Eidul Fitr on Monday, participating in Eid prayers at mosques, Eidgahs, Imambargahs and open spaces. Eidul Fitr was celebrated in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including its provincial capital, all the seven tribal agencies and six frontier regions, on Sunday. Dressed in their festive best, people visited friends and relatives, gave Eidi to children and offered charity to the poor. Hundreds of thousands of believers thronged 600 mosques, Eidgahs, Imambargahs and designated open places in Lahore to offer Eid prayers amid elaborate security arrangements. As usual, the biggest Eid congregation in the city was held at the historic Badshahi mosque where Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa offered prayers.Eid prayers were also held at Gaddafi Stadium, University Ground Chuburji, Data Darbar Mosque, Masjid Shuhada, Masjid Wazir Khan, Jamia Mosque Tehrik Minhajul Quran and Bagh-e-Jinnah.Ulema and khateebs from different schools of thought delivered special sermons and lectures to highlight the significance of the day. Special prayers were also offered for solidarity of the country and unity among Ummah. Citizens did not miss the opportunity to extend good wishes to their friends and relatives through telephone, SMS, e-mail and social networking sites. All important public and private buildings, including shopping centres, were decorated. For Muslims across the globe, Eid is a day of celebration, an end to a month-long practice of discipline and fasting. The word Eid stands for festivity while Fitr means breaking the fast. And hence, this is a day when Muslims around the world try to show unity through a day of festivity. The setting is perfect with family, friends, gifts and food around.Addressing a large Eid congregation at Gaddafi Stadium, Jamaatud Dawa Ameer Hafiz Muhammad Saeed said the US, India and Israel were using all resources to harm Muslims. He said these countries were hatching conspiracies to destablise Pakistan. He laid stress on unity among the Ummah to foil nefarious designs of the enemy. He urged the rulers to stop Nato supplies permanently, forcing the US to leave the region. Addressing a large congregation at Mansoora Mosque, Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan highlighted the Islamic movements, proving that Islam is the religion of peace. He said terrorism had been thrust upon the Muslims by the West to malign Islam and its believers and the US and the West were terrorists indeed. “The US and its allies have killed millions of innocent and unarmed human beings in Iraq and Afghanistan without any justification and Pakistan is their target now. Scores of people are being killed in Fata by drone attack, which remain continue in Ramazan,” he added “These attacks were going on in North Waziristan Agency and a gulf was being created between the people and the armed forces of the country. It was the duty of the Army chief to realize the task assigned to him by the nation and act accordingly,” he said. He said the civil government was a group of incompetent people and the US slaves. The masses, he added, wanted a permanent ban on the Nato supplies and an end to the drone attacks and if the army and the government failed to do this, the masses would be forced to take to the streets. “The people who ruled the country for the past four decades had been deceiving the masses. It was high time that these cheats be thrown out of power.” He took a swipe at authorities for suspending mobile phone service on Eid, saying: “Interior Minister Rehman Malik is supposed to facilitate people instead of creating problems for them. The government has failed to maintain law and order. There is no justification for the interior minister to stick to his office.” He urged the JI workers and leaders to mobilise people to get rid of the US slaves and those holding fake degrees.