As the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced the sighting of the moon for the month of Shawwal, messages from civil and military leaders began flown in with a general consensus on helping the poor and less-privileged during the festivities of Eidul Fitr.
Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa
Major General Asif Ghafoor, the director general of Inter-Services Public Relations, tweeted Eid greetings on behalf of the armed forces.
He also tweeted a message from Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa: “Eid Mubarak with prayers for peace, progress and prosperity of Pakistan. Aamen.”
Armed Forces of Pakistan wish a happy Eid to fellow Pakistanis.
“Eid Mubarak with prayers for peace, progress and prosperity of Pakistan. Aamen”, COAS. pic.twitter.com/TiXb2K5cjE
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) June 4, 2019
National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser
The NA speaker also appealed to the people to “help those who are in need and share our happiness with them”.
“In order to establish a strong Islamic welfare society, it is imperative that [everyone] plays a role to wipe out social injustices and promote harmony.”
PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari
The former president in his Eid message urged the people to help the less-privileged and to pray for peace and prosperity of the nation.
“It is extremely important [for us] to [develop] national consensus and unity at this time. We have to uphold the sanctity of the Constitution — that abides by religious and democratic rule. We will have to defeat the elements that promote conflicts and hatred in the garb of religion.”
“On this occasion, we should remember the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the country,” he added.
Former premier Nawaz Sharif
In a statement issued from Kot Lakhpat jail, where he is currently imprisoned, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif said: “I pray that Allah fulfils my supplications for the country and people. My Eid is dedicated to the poor people who are forced to live in destitution.”
Meanwhile, his daughter Maryam Nawaz lamented that she would be spending the festival without her parents.
“After spending last year’s Eidul Azha with my father in jail, this is the first Eid that I will be spending without my parents. I was not allowed to meet my father. He is spending Eidul Azha, Ramazan and Eidul Fitr in jail because he committed the crime of demanding that the Constitution of Pakistan should be followed.”
گزستہ عید الضحی والد کے ہمراہ جیل میں گزارنے کے بعد یہ پہلی عید ہے جو اپنے والدین کے بغیر گزار رہی ہوں۔
والد سے ملنے نہیں دیا گیا۔
نوازشریف عید الضحی ، رمضان اور عید الفطر جیل میں اسلیئے گزار رہے ہیں کیونکہ انہوں نے آئین پاکستان پر عمل کرنے کے مطالبے کا جرم کیا ہے۔ https://t.co/sPcFJKRp6g
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) June 4, 2019
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday felicitated the nation and the Pakistani community living abroad on Eid-ul-Fitr, saying the day reiterates the message of unity and brotherhood.
“Eid gives us an opportunity to care for the needy, promote the message of brotherhood and pray for the prosperity of our beloved country,” the foreign minister said in his message on Eid-ul-Fitr.
The foreign minister prayed that may this Eid become a source of peace for the Muslims across the globe and in Pakistan.
With input from APP.