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Pakistan to celebrate Eid tomorrow

world Updated: Aug 30, 2011 22:27 IST

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Eid ul-Fitr will be celebrated in Pakistan on Wednesday, even as the country's northwestern Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province and tribal regions marked the ending of the month of Ramzan on Tuesday.

"Pakistan will celebrate 'Eid ul-Fitr' on Wednesday," chairman of the Central Moon-sighting Committee Mufti Munibur Rehman announced on Tuesday.

The committee met in Karachi to decide on the sighting of Shawwal moon and announced that Eid would be celebrated on Wednesday.

Mufti Muneeb said that reports were received about sighting of moon in several cities across the country, including the port city of Karachi and the garrison city of Rawalpindi.

Eid marks the culmination of the month of Ramzan during which Muslims devote much of their time to fasting and praying.

Besides members of the Central 'Ruet-e-Hilal' Committee, Zonal Ruet-e-Hilal Karachi and officials of the Met Office, Pakistan Space, Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), and Navy also attended the meeting.

Regional Committees also met at provincial headquarters for the sighting of the Shawal moon.

Met office had earlier said that the moon was likely to be sighted on August 30.

Reports said most parts in the northwest, especially Pashtoon-majority areas are celebrating Eid Tuesday.

Congregations of Eid prayers were held in Peshawar, and in the tribal regions and several parts of the northwest under tight security measures. Additional policemen were deployed outside mosques and open places where thousands of people offered Eid prayers. It has become a common feature that people in Pakistan's northwest and tribal areas celebrate "Eid" a day before the official announcement. Pakistan has already announced four-day Eid holidays from August 31 to September 3.