Islamabad, May 24 (IANS) Eid al-Fitr is being observed across Pakistan on Sunday without traditional festivity as the country struggles to make peace with a deadly plane crash that killed 97 people and to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Arif Alvi, in his message, said that he dedicated this Eid al-Fitr to “PIA martyrs (accidents), laborers who have been trying to make a living in the midst of the corona virus situation, doctors, nurses, corona patients …”, reports Dawn news.
In an effort to encourage people to stay indoors, the President said that he would pray Eid at home.
He urged people to “observe social distance, wear masks and wash their hands so they can keep themselves, their family and friends safe” from COVID-19.
To “facilitate Eid prayers at home”, Pakistan Television will broadcast prayers held at the Faisal Islamabad Mosque, Information Minister Shibli Faraz said.
On Saturday night, Prime Minister Imran urged the country to forget the traditional feast of remembering fatalities in Friday’s plane crash in Karachi and hundreds of deaths caused by coronaviruses, Dawn news reported.
Taking to Twitter, the prime minister said he wanted citizens to “celebrate Eid al-Fitr in a different way from the usual celebration style”.
“First, let us think and pray for all families who have lost their loved ones by the tragedy of a plane crash and all those who have lost their lives due to COVID-19,” he wrote.
In another tweet, he stressed that people must remember to observe the standard operating procedures (SOP) that apply to prevent further spread of the virus.
On Friday, a Pakistani International Airlines passenger plane crashed in the Karachi Model Colony near Jinnah International Airport. Ninety-seven people died while two survived.
The Muslim Idul Fitri festival comes because Pakistan has so far recorded 53,601 COVID-19 cases, with 1,123 deaths since the pandemic struck the country on February 26.
Disclaimer: – This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and was created automatically from the news agency feed. Source: IANS
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