Nation celebrates Eid-ul-Azha with religious fervour

The Nation celebrates Eid-ul-Azha today (Sunday) with religious fervour to commemorate the great sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and Hazrat Ismail (AS).

The day dawned with special prayers in mosques for well-being of the Ummah and progress, prosperity and security of the country.

Eid prayer congregations were held at mosques, Eidgahs and open places in all cities, towns and villages.

Ulema, in their sermons of Eid, highlighted the significance of the philosophy of great sacrifice offered by Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and Hazrat Ismail (AS).

Muslims are offering sacrifice of animals to follow Sunnah of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS).

Federal and Provincial government have chalked out elaborate security arrangement across the country to ward-off untoward incidents.

Civic authorities of different cities and towns have also made special arrangements for disposal of offal and other solid waste during three days of Eid.

Radio Pakistan, PTV and private TV channels are airing special programs in connection with Eid-ul-Azha while newspapers have published special supplements highlighting the importance of the sacrifice.

President Dr Arif Alvi offered Eid prayer in Karachi this morning.

He prayed for the prosperity and development of the country and solidarity of Muslim Ummah.

The President also greeted people, present on this occasion.

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif offered Eid prayer at Jati Umra, Raiwind.

The Prime Minister prayed for the prosperity of nation, development and solidarity of the country.

Like other parts of the country, Eid-ul-Azha is being celebrated today in Punjab with religious fervour.

In Lahore, a large number of Eid congregations were held at mosques, Imam bargahs, parks and open places.

Under Punjab Chief Minister's direction, a comprehensive plan is in place to ensure cleanliness on occasion of Eid ul Azha.

Eid congregations were held in all small and major cities of Sindh including Karachi.

Khateebs and Aima, in their Eid sermons, prayed for the development, prosperity and security of the country and unity and solidarity of Muslim Ummah.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Eid congregations were also held in all small and big cities.

Acting Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani offered Eid prayer in Abbottabad while Chief Minister Mahmood Khan offered Eid prayer at Governor House Peshawar.

After prayer, they mixed with the public and exchanged Eid greetings with them.

The congregations of Eid-ul-Azha were also held across Balochistan including Quetta city.

Chief Minister Balochistan Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, Chief Justice Balochistan High Court Justice Naeem Akhtar and Chief Secretary Balochistan Abdul Aziz Uqaili offered Eid prayer at Governor House in Quetta.

Eid congregations were held in Gilgit and other districts and tehsils in the morning.

In Gilgit, the big Eid gatherings were held in Konodas Eidgah, Eid Jutial Gilgit, Lalik Jan stadium, Helipad ground and Shah Karim Hostel.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Morning Flights Suspended at Lahore Airport

After failing to deal with birds to prevent the incidents of bird strikes at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has decided to ban airlines from operating flights at a specific time of the day.

According to details, the CAA has ordered both domestic and international flight operators to avoid taking off and landing at the airport between 5-8 AM from 11 July to 15 September.

CAA has also decided to use special chemicals to cull earthworms in the premises of the airport and its adjoining areas. It has also directed the Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) to properly dispose of the garbage from the areas near the airport.

CAA has also decided to launch comprehensive campaigns on electronic, print, and social media platforms to raise awareness among the public regarding the issue.

Last month, it was reported that a large number of birds at the runways of Lahore airport affected domestic and international flight operations, resulting in the cancellation of dozens of flights.

A few days later, the CAA had also issued the statistics of bird strikes at all airports in the country. As per CAA’s data, a total of 622 incidents of bird strikes had taken place in the country, of which 198 occurred at Lahore airport alone.

Source: Pro Pakistan

Sindh Develops Vaccine for Lumpy Skin Disease

Sindh’s Livestock and Fisheries Department has developed a vaccine for Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD), a viral skin infection that has put over 100 million cattle in the country at risk.

According to details, the vaccine is currently in final-stage clinical trials and has produced intended results so far. The local production of the vaccine will start in March next year.

Speaking in this regard, Secretary Sindh Livestock and Fisheries Department, Tameezuddin Khero, said that the last-stage clinical trials will be completed by the end of this year and local production will begin afterward.

The Department had also set up a building in Karachi’s Korangi area. The building is equipped with modern equipment that enabled the Department’s researchers to conduct fast-paced research. The production of the vaccine will also take place in the same building.

LSD was first discovered among cattle in Zambia in 1929. The disease broke out in Sindh towards the end of 2021. So far, LSD has infected more than 52,000 animals in the province, killing around 600 of them.

The Sindh government had initially imported 2 million doses of LSD vaccine from Turkey at a cost of Rs. 500 million.

Source: Pro Pakistan