Women offer Eid Al Fitr prayers at the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore on Sunday. AFP
Eid Al Fitr is being observed across Pakistan on Sunday without traditional festivity as the nation struggles to come to terms with a deadly plane crash that killed 97 people and to curb the spread COVID-19 pandemic.
President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan, while congratulating the nation on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr, urged them to keep adhering to precautionary measures as the whole world is being ravaged by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
A woman, her hands decorated with traditional henna, prays during Eid Al Fitr prayer at Badshahi Mosque in Lahore. AP
President Alvi, in his message, said that he was dedicating this Eid to "martyrs of PIA (crash), labourers who have been trying to earn amid the coronavirus situation, doctors, nurses, corona patients...," reports Dawn news.
Alvi said the whole nation with solidarity and precautionary measures would face the critical challenge of coronavirus.
A boy attends Eid Al Fitr prayer at an open area in Peshawar. AP
The president said besides, sharing joys of this holy occasion, the day reminded them to also include the needy and deserving people in these pleasures by paying special attention to such segments of the society.
In a bid to encourage people to stay indoors, the president offered Eid prayers at home.
He urged people to "observe social distancing, wear masks and wash their hands so that they can keep themselves, their families and friends safe" from COVID-19.
Volunteers and soldiers look for survivors of a plane crash in a residential area of Karachi. AFP
In order to "facilitate Eid prayers at home," Pakistan Television will telecast prayers held in Islamabad's Faisal Mosque, Information Minister Shibli Faraz said.
On Saturday night, Prime Minister Imran had urged the nation to forgo traditional festivity in view of the lives lost in Friday's plane crash in Karachi and the hundreds of fatalities caused by the coronavirus, Dawn news reported.
Taking to Twitter, the premier said he wants the citizens to "observe this Eid in a different manner from the usual celebratory style."
A man prays after offering Eid Al Fitr prayers at a mosque in Karachi. AFP
"First, let us think of and pray for all those families who have been deprived of their loved ones by the plane crash tragedy and all those who have lost their lives to COVID-19," he wrote.
In another tweet, he emphasised that people must remember to observe the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place to prevent further spread of the virus.
A woman takes selfies with her family after offering Eid Al Fitr prayers at the Badshahi Mosque. AFP
On Friday, a Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane crashed in Karachi's Model Colony near Jinnah International Airport. Ninety-seven people died while two survived.
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Taking to Twitter after the announcement regarding the sighting of the Shawwal moon was made, the premier said he wants the citizens to "observe this Eid in a different manner from the usual celebratory style."
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