ISLAMABAD - President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged the nation to rise above personal, sectarian and party interests to get rid of extremist and militant tendencies from society.

“We should work on converging our spirit of sacrifice towards the unity of nation and Muslim community world over. This is the basis of Islamic teachings,” the President and the Prime Minister said in their separate messages to the nation on Eid.

In his message President Mamnoon said that the nation must not forget the invaluable sacrifices of those who are fighting against terrorism.

Extending heartiest fecilitaitons to the nation the President prayed that may Allah Almighty protect all the people of this motherland and bless them with the bounties of this world and hereafter.

The President said the country’s Armed Forces were actively engaged in a decisive fight against terrorism and we are very close to victory. “On this occasion of Eid, we should not forget our those jawans, and brothers and sisters who sacrificed their today for our tomorrow and became immortal in history by laying their lives for the country,” he added.

The Prime Minister said, “If we devote our intent of sacrifice on true objectives, this would promote mutual harmony, brotherhood, tolerance and equilibrium in our lives.”

He felicitated the countrymen and all Muslim on the joyous eve of Eid ul Azha.

“We are grateful to Allah Almighty who blessed us with this auspicious eve yet for another time. I pray that may these happy moments come over and over again in your lives. Aameen,” he said.

The Prime Minister said sacrifice means devoting one’s self for the upholding of high moral values. The slaughter of sacrificial animals is an apparent aspect, however, the real spirit lies in fostering the essence of sacrifice and reverence before Allah Almighty.

The sacrifice rendered by people enlivens a society and a nation. This is the basic lesson behind the act of sacrifice.

He prayed that may Allah Almighty bless us with real happiness of Eid ul Azha and guide us to understand the revered act of sacrifice so that we follow it in its true spirit.