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Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir offer Eid prayers

IANS  Srinagar, October 16, 2013
First Published: 13:04 IST(16/10/2013) | Last Updated: 13:09 IST(16/10/2013)

Muslims throughout Jammu and Kashmir offered Eid prayers at Eidgahs and mosques on Wednesday and greeted one another on the festive occasion. 


Large gatherings were seen in Eidgah grounds in the old city, at Polo Ground and Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar, and in towns across the Kashmir Valley as Muslims dressed in new clothes came out in thousands to join the Eid prayers. 

Eid prayers were also offered in Eidgah ground in Jammu city, Poonch, Rajouri, Kishtwar and other district headquarters of the Jammu region where Hindus greeted Muslims on the festive occasion. 

Children clad in festive dresses accompanied parents to the prayer meets, adding to colour and fervour of the festivities in the Kashmir Valley and the Jammu region. 

Chief minister Omar Abdullah offered Eid prayers at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar on the edge of Dal Lake. 

Special security arrangements were made around the Hazratbal shrine. Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, patron of opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), offered Eid prayers at Syed Yaqoob Sahib shrine/mosque in the high security Sonawar area of Srinagar. 

Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik were placed under house arrest by the authorities in Srinagar city.

Another senior separatist leader, Shabir Shah was detained along with some of his supporters while he was going to the Hazratbal shrine. 

Police said Shah and his supporters were released later. Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, chairman of the moderate Hurriyat group, offered his Eid prayers at the Jamia Mosque in Nowhatta area of the old city in Srinagar. 

After the prayers, Muslims throughout the state will start offering animal sacrifices to commemorate the tradition.  

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