ISLAMABAD - PPP Co-Chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari has asked the people to keep in mind the sacrifices rendered by North Waziristan IDPs, the soldiers laying down their lives in fighting against terrorists and innocent people being subjected to worst brutalities by Israel in Gaza on Eid days.

In a message on the eve of Eidul Fitr expected to fall tomorrow (Tuesday), he said, “On the Eid day this year I wish to call upon the countrymen to spread out and take part in the relief and rehabilitation activities of our unsung heroes in the war against terror, the nearly one million internally displaced persons of North Waziristan. This is also an occasion to express solidarity with our Palestinian brothers and sisters in Gaza who have been subjected to worst form of brutalities by Israel for the past several weeks".

"We bow our heads in gratitude to Allah on this day for blessing us with the bounties of the holy month of Ramazan," he said and added, "I wish to greet all Muslims of the world on this thanksgiving day which is also a day of celebrations and rejoicing".

“However, a festive occasion like this also calls for genuinely sharing and caring for others. We must therefore reach out to the nearly one million IDPs who have been forced to live in tents and makeshift homes in Bannu and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” he said.

Zardari further said, “On this occasion, therefore, I ask the party workers to spend some time of the Eid with the IDPs as well as the families of soldiers and law enforcing agencies who are valiantly fighting the extremists and militants to defend the motherland.”

"A thought must also be spared for those members of our armed forces, the police, the law enforcing agencies and civilians who laid down their lives in the fight against militants so that we may truly celebrate Eid in peace".

"May Allah in His infinite mercy grant our supplications and guide us to imbibe the spirit of Ramazan throughout the year. May Allah enable us to employ that spirit in rebuilding the lives of innumerable countrymen devastated by extremists and militants and to stand in solidarity with suffering Muslims in Gaza and elsewhere", the former president prayed.