Pakistan's Army Chief celebrates Eid with soldiers
Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif Saturday celebrated Eid with his troops fighting militants in the country's restive north-western tribal region near the border with Afghanistan.
Islamabad: Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif Saturday celebrated Eid with his troops fighting militants in the country's restive north-western tribal region near the border with Afghanistan.
Gen Sharif prayed with soldiers in Waziristan, where the the military launched a major offensive against militants in June last year.
Pictures issued by army showed him embracing the soldiers in traditional style. It is for the second consecutive year that General Sharif celebrated Eid with soldiers.
Military spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said the army celebrated Eid in Waziristan trial region on the frontline with soldiers.
"Eid Mubarak. With terrorism being defeated and visible signs of security improving, Pak bound to rise. Will continue (operations) till completion of mission," he tweeted.
While Gen Sharif decided to be with soldiers, people across the country exchanged greetings and celebrated Eid with religious fervour.
Eid congregations were held at open places - mosques and Eidgahs - in all major cities. Special prayers were also offered for security, progress and prosperity of the country.
Security was stepped up on the occasion and thousands of policemen were deployed across Pakistan.
Various political leaders in their Eid messages congratulated people on the day of the festival celebrated at the completion of the holy month of Ramzan.