PM, president greet nation on Eid-ul-Fitr

ISLAMABAD (APP): Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on Thursday has greeted the nation on Eid-ul-Fitr and urged the people to take precautionary measures to prevent further spread of coronavirus.

In a post on social-networking website, the premier said, "Eid Mubarak to our Muslim Ummah. This is a very different Eid which we must celebrate in a quiet manner with our families, for two important reasons. One: there is the Corona pandemic. In Pakistan, we are now again beginning to control the spread so it is vital for our people to observe Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)."

"Two:equally critical is the need for us all to show solidarity with the Kashmiris and Palestinians who are suffering oppression by Occupation Powers in complete violation of their international guaranteed basic human rights," he added.

In a seprate message, President Dr Arif Alvi has advised the countrymen to strictly adhere to the anti-COVID SOPs, particularly not to shake hands and embrace each other during Eid days to avert massive outbreak of the pandemic.

The president said the anti-COVID precautions must not be ignored at any cost and ensure the implementation of the SOPs on the festive occasion, both individually as well as collectively.

He said the nation had showed discipline during the first two waves of the pandemic. “I full hope that we can contain the massive spread of coronavirus, if we as a nation, show discipline during the third wave. Moreover, we should also pray to Allah Almighty to protect us from the threats posed by the pandemic,” he added.

The president said the whole world was in the grip of coronavirus and the situation had turned painful in the neighbouring India. However, Allah Almighty had protected Pakistan from any major calamity for what the nation should be thankful to Him.

He greeted the nation as well as the Muslim world on Eid-ul-Fitr and prayed that the day brought along plenty of pleasures and joys.

The president said the strength to observe fasting and offering Tarawih prayers during the Holy Ramazan was a matter of good luck. He urged the people to remain stick to the spirit of piety and compassion achieved through the fasting.

President Alvi advised the people to share the festivities of Eid with the poor and needy people, and take special care of those who had been facing economic difficulties owing the pandemic.