COVID-19 outbreak: Eid holidays start in Pakistan amid pandemic

An enormous site visitors jams in entrance of at Liaquatabad Market as a lot of folks throng to a nerby marketplace for Eid buying. Photo: APP

Pakistan, like all Muslim nations, is gearing as much as have a good time Eid ul Fitr amid the coronavirus pandemic a day after it reported its highest variety of COVID-19 instances and deaths in a single day. 

The coronavirus optimistic instances within the nation have already crossed 50,000 however the authorities has eased many restrictions within the nation.

Eid holidays

Pakistan has began observing Eid holidays from immediately (May 22) and can proceed to take action until May 27, a notification from the inside ministry mentioned on Saturday.

Jummat-ul-Wida and Eid prayers

Congregational prayers of Juma, and Eid-ul-Fitr might be provided in accordance with the 20-point SOPs formulated by President Arif Alvi and Pakistani ulema of various sects throughout the nation.


The Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee will meet on May 23 (Saturday) in Karachi for the Shawwal moon-sighting, based on the spokesperson for the ministry of spiritual affairs.

Committee Chairman Mufti Muneebur Rehman will preside over the assembly.

“Meetings of Zonal/District Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will be held at their respective Headquarters at the same time. The Zonal Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, Islamabad will hold its meeting in the Ministry of Religious Affairs & Interfaith Harmony,” the assertion learn.

However, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry had claimed that Eid-ul-Fitr might be celebrated on May 24 (Sunday) in lots of nations together with Pakistan.

Speaking in a TV programme, Fawad mentioned based on the calendar ready by the science ministry, this 12 months Eid might be celebrated throughout the nation on May 24.

The minister mentioned the attention-grabbing factor is that the pageant might be celebrated on the identical day in almost all components of the world together with Pakistan, together with Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.

Eid buying being noticed with SOPs

The Supreme Court of Pakistan, in a suo motu case, had ordered the provincial authorities to make sure that buying malls and markets stay open seven days per week, which have been earlier closed throughout the lockdown.

All provinces have introduced that markets will stay open from 9am – 5pm and has made it obligatory for merchants to make sure that the SOPs are adopted.

However, Punjab has introduced that markets within the province will stay open from 9am until 10 pm from May 21 until May 24.