NEW DELHI: Special prayers and feasts marked the Eid-ul-Fitr festival which was celebrated with fervour and gaiety across the country, including the troubled Kashmir region where stone-pelters tried to mar the festivities at a few places.
Barring a few incidents of stone-pelting after the prayers, the situation in the Valley remained peaceful.
Clashes between protesters and law enforcement agencies were reported from Sopore, Anantnag, Rajpora, Shopian towns and Safakadal area.In Kashmir, people celebrated the festival with fervour and devotion.
Muslims from all walks of life offered prayers at Eidgahs (prayer ground) and mosques and visited relatives and friends to greet them on the occasion.
Extending his Eid greetings, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asserted that the festival of “goodness and humanity” will help bring peace and happiness in Jammu and Kashmir that has witnessed a long spell of violence since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani in July last year.
In a video message to the people of the Valley, Rajnath Singh expressed hope that Eid will herald a new dawn in the strife-torn state. In his message, Rajnath Singh made it a point to refer to the cross section of the society — Kashmiri brothers, sisters, youth, senior citizens and children — to convey his Eid greetings from the “bottom of his heart”.
The Home Minister said, “I am fully confident that this festival of goodness and humanity will help in bringing peace, understanding, brotherhood and happiness in Kashmir Valley and pave the way for a new dawn there.” His message comes ahead of the anniversary of Wani’s death on July 8 and amid intelligence inputs of more violence in the Valley in the coming days.
In another message for the entire country conveyed through Twitter, Rajnath Singh said, “My greetings and good wishes to people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. May this festival strengthen bonds of peace and amity in the society.”
In the violence after Wani’s killing, Kashmiri mobs have targeted security forces and terror groups separately attacked police and paramilitary personnel.
Guns fall silent on the Line of Control
JAMMU: Guns fell silent along the Line of Control on Eid on Monday after a spate of ceasefire violations. Border forces from either side exchanged sweets on the International Border in Jammu. “The guns are silent today. There is no report of any firing and shelling by the Pakistani army along the LoC,” a senior army officer said.