Special Prayers Mark Eid In Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Muslims throughout Jammu and Kashmir offered Eid prayers at Eidgahs and mosques Wednesday and greeted one another on the festive occasion.

Large gatherings were seen in Grand Mosque in the old city, at Polo Ground and Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar, and in towns across the Kashmir Valley Wednesday as Muslims came out in thousands to join the Eid prayers.

Biggest gathering was held at Grand Mosque where Mirwaiz Omer Farooq, chairman of the moderate Hurriyat group, offered his Eid prayers delivered Eid sermon. 

Eid prayers were also offered in Eidgah ground in Jammu city, Poonch, Rajouri, Kishtwar and other district headquarters of the Jammu region where Hindus greeted Muslims on the festive occasion.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah offered Eid prayers at Hazratbal shrine. Special security arrangements were made around the Hazratbal shrine. Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, patron of opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), offered Eid prayers at Syed Yaqoob Sahib shrine in the high security Sonawar area near the residence of chief minister.

Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik were placed under house arrest by the authorities in Srinagar city Wednesday.

Another senior separatist leader, Shabir Shah was detained along with some of his supporters while he was going to the Hazratbal shrine.

Police said Shah and his supporters were released later.

After the prayers, Muslims throughout the state will start offering animal sacrifices to commemorate the tradition. Agencies

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