MIRPUR (AJK)

People across Azad Jammu & Kashmir celebrated Eidul Azha with religious zeal and fervour with the renewal of pledge to act upon Islamic teachings.

The day dawned 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 territories including Palestine and Held Kashmir.

Eidul Azha prayer congregations were held at all small and major cities and towns of 10 districts of the liberated territory including Muzaffarabad, Hattiyan Bala, Mirpur, Kotli, Bhimbher, Bagh, Sudhanoti, Rawalakot, Havaili and Neelam valley districts.

The biggest Eid congregation in the AJK capital was held at Markazi Eidgah where thousands of Muslims offered prayer. Ulema and Khateebs delivered special sermons to highlight the significance of the day and the purpose of the sacrifice made by Hazrat Ibrahim (AS).

They strongly condemned ban imposed by Indian occupational forces over slaughtering of cow and selling of beef in the wake of recent reign of human rights abuses and the state terrorism in the Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir.

They vehemently condemned the recent terrorist attack in Peshawar. They expressed full solidarity with valiant Armed Forces of Pakistan for conducting Zarb-e-Azb to eliminate terrorism from the country.

The participants of Eid and Jumma prayer congregations offered fateha for the martyrs of Mina incident. Prime Minster of AJK Chaudhry Abdul Majeed offered Eid prayers at his native town Chakswari in Mirpur.

They sacrificed the animals including camels, cows, sheep and goats following the foot step of the towering personality of Hazrat Ibrahiem (AS) who by obeying the order of Allah Almighty, asked his son Hazrat Ishmael (AS) for his sacrifice. A sheep was slaughtered instead and Muslims were directed to commemorate the event every year.

Meanwhile, foolproof security arrangements were made for Eidul Azha congregations at mosques, Eidgahs and Imambargahs during Eid prayers.