MULTAN/MIRPUR (AJK) - Eidul Azha, an important Islamic festival, will be celebrated amid tight security here in South Punjab region on Saturday (today).

Over 4,000 contingents are deployed to safeguard about 1,000 Eid congregations taking place across the Multan district. In Multan city area, the Eid prayer will be offered at over 300 places including Markazi Eidgah, Jamia Dar-ul-Hadith Mohammadia, Jamia Khair-ul-Madaris, Jamia-ul-Uloom, Markaz Ibn-ul-Qasim, Jamia Rehmania, Gulistan Marriage Club, Masjid Shuhada Alkhair, Masjid Ashraf, Shrines of Hazrat Bahaudden Zakariya and Hazrat Shah Rukan-e-Alam, Jamia Anwarul Uloom and Ghausia Masjid. Special prayers will be held for the security, solidarity, progress and prosperity of the country following Eid Namaz.

Similarly, the Eid holidays of entire sanitation staff of Wasa and TMAs have been cancelled. The staffers will remain on duty during three days of Eid to keep the city clean. The district administration have set up a central office and sanitation officer Muhammad Afzal is appointed as focal person to address all complaints of the citizens regarding cleanliness. Similarly, four emergency centers are established in four zones of Multan. The sanitation department has also set up a camp in each union council where concerned sanitary inspector, supervisor and sanitation staff will be on duty during three days of Eid.

Besides 50 motorcycle rickshaws hired for transportation of trash, all the vehicles of Solid Waste Department will collect the remains of sacrificial animals from different areas of Multan and take them to the landfill site where these remains will be buried in big ditches.

In Mirpur, the Kashmiris will celebrate Eidul Azha with Pakistan with fullest religious fervour and zeal today on October 27.

In the continuation of the renewal of the religious, historic and invincible bondage with Pakistan, people of Jammu & Kashmir at both sides of the line of control and rest of the world will celebrate Eidul Azha simultaneously with the scheduled observance of the festival in Pakistan on Saturday with traditional religious and devotion with the renewal of the resolve to continue acting upon and upholding the teachings of Islam.

The day will dawn with special prayers in the mosques for the stability, integrity, unity and solidarity of the Muslim Ummah, progress and prosperity of Pakistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir, early liberation of all occupied Muslim homelands including Indian held Jammu & Kashmir   and for the early success of the Kashmir freedom movement.

In Azad Jammu Kashmir, special Eidul Azha prayer congregations will be held at all small and major cities and towns of all ten districts of the liberated territory including the state’s metropolis Muzaffarabad, Mirpur, Kotli, Bhimbher, Haveili, Hattiyan,  Bagh, Sudhanoti, Rawalakot and Neelam valley districts  where the people will offer Eid prayer at the mosques, eid gahs and open places. Later on the ‘Farzandan-e-Touheed’ will sacrify animals following the foot step of the towering personality of Hazrat Ibrahiem (AS) who by obeying the order of Allah Almighty, asked his son Hazrat Isnmail (AS) for his sacrifice.

Anyway, Ismaiel (AS) walked smilingly to the altar. The knife did not work. Hazrat Ismaiel (AS) survived. A sheep was slaughtered instead and Muslims were directed to commemorate the event every year.

In occupied Jammu Kashmir, the Kashmiri Muslims will celebrate Eid ul Azhas with renewal of the pledge to continue the liberation struggle despite the stepped up state terrorism and undue hurdles  by the Indian occupying troops, says a report reaching here Friday from across the line of control..

The biggest Eid prayer congregations are planned to be held at Dargah Hazrat Bal and the Central Jamia mosque in Srinagar, the report said. Other big Eid congregations will also be held at Eidgahs and Jamia mosques in Baramulla, Kupwara, Islamabad, Pulwama, Jammu, Poonch, Rajouri, Udhampur, Kargil and Leh, the report said.

Various freedom-loving Kashmiri leaders including the stalwarts of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC)  and Jammu & Kashmir Coordination Committee have in their respective  Eid messages have reiterated that the people of occupied Jammu Kashmir will continue their ongoing struggle for liberation from the Indian bondage despite all odds, the report added.