LAHORE – After a great many years, Pakistanis throughout the country celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr on the same day with great enthusiasm today (Wednesday).

This year, both the start of Ramazan and the first day of Eid was celebrated simultaneously in every part of the country.

Security arrangements were beefed up across the country for the occasion and measures were put in place by the federal and provincial governments to ensure that no disruptions were created during the day, according to Radio Pakistan.

Eid congregations were held at open places‚ mosques and Eidgahs in all major cities, towns and villages of the country.

In their sermons, Ulema and religious scholars highlighted the significance and philosophy of Eid-ul Fitr and the need to share its joys with the poor. Special prayers were offered for security, progress and prosperity of the country.

In Islamabad, the main Eid congregation was held at Faisal Mosque where President Mamnoon Hussain also offered his prayers.

Envoys of Islamic countries, parliamentarians and people belonging to different walks of life also offered Eid prayers at the Faisal mosque. Later, the President mingled with congregants and exchanged Eid greetings.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif felicitated the nation on the joyous occasion and lauded the services of the Pakistan Army, police, Frontier Corps and other law enforcing institutions, whose Jawans (personnel) were working day and night for the defense of country.

“On the day of Eid, we cannot forget those who, for the sake of country and despite being far from their dear ones, are performing their duties on eid and spend their festivals in protecting our joys, ensuring law and order and eliminating terrorism. I on my own behalf and on behalf of the countrymen attribute all the Eid delights to them,” the Prime Minister said in his Eid-ul-Fitr message.

“I pray that Allah Almighty bless them with success at every front and they celebrate the next festival with their family and dear ones. Specially, the Jawans engaged in Zarb-e-Azb deserve praise from the whole nation. The whole nation salute their spirit,” he added.