Eid Miladun Nabi was celebrated across the country with religious fervour on Thursday, with the government having declared the day a public holiday.
Processions and Milad gatherings were organised to mark the occasion, while major mosques in cities and towns were festively illuminated to celebrate the birth of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
District administrations, government and private organisations also made elaborate arrangements to illuminate and decorate of buildings and parks.
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in their messages to the nation, called for the resolution of issues through reconciliation and dialogue in keeping with the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
In Sialkot, people celebrated Eid Milaad-un-Nabi with religious reverence and fervour.
The day began with special prayers for the development, safety, peace, unity and brotherhood of all Muslims. Special security arrangements had been made to maintain law and order in Sialkot.
Religious parties arranged Seerat Conferences, special ‘Naatia Mushairas’ and quiz programmes on Seerat-e-Mustafa (PBUH). All major government and private buildings, residential and commercial plazas, markets, mosques, roundabouts, and even houses were tastefully decorated.
Mahaafil-e-Milad and public meetings were held in different parts of the Sialkot district, while people actively participated in the programs organised by different local, religious and social organisations.
Na’at and the Holy Quran reciting competitions were also held throughout the day in almost every nook and corner of the Sialkot district to revive the real spirit of Islam and offer respect to the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).
Milaad processions were taken out from different areas of Sialkot district, reciting Na’ats and Darood-o-Salam for the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).
Congregations were organised in all important places of the district where the preachers and scholars highlighted the teachings of the prophet.
Karachi also saw a large number of people take out rallies and celebrate the occasion.
The rallies were staged from different parts of Karachi, and culminated at MA Jinnah Road. The participants were carrying banners and flags and reciting religious verses.
The main procession of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH), led by Allama Shah Turab-ul-Haq Qadri of Jamaat Ahle Sunnat, was taken out from New Memon Masjid it marched through M.A. Jinnah Road and ended at the Nishter Park where a central Milad-e-Mustafa (PBUH) Conference was held.
Mosques, homes, buildings and plazas were beautifully decorated with colorful lights. Rallies and procession were being carried out by different organisations to express love, respect and devotion tothe prophet. Different programs, including Naat Khawanis, were also organised.
Foolproof security arrangements were made to provide security to participants of Milad processions. Police and law enforcement agencies personnel had been directed to take precautionary measures to ensure safety of life and property of the citizens.
CCTV cameras constantly monitored the processions and congregations.
The day was celebrated in different cities and towns of Sindh including Hyderabad, Sukkur, Mirpurkhas, Larkana, Shikarpur, Thatta, Dadu, Ghotki, Sehwan, Nasirabad, Shahdadkot, Nawabshah, Naushehro Feroze, Moro, Khairpur, Ratodero and Naudero.
According to the official notification, December 24 was celebrated as a public holyday on account of 12 Rabi-u-Awal and Quaid-e-Azam’s birth anniversary, respectively.