PESHAWAR - Afghan refugees living in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as tribesmen in Mohmand, Khyber and Bajaur agencies celebrated Eidul Azha with Saudi Arabia, offered Eid prayers and slaughtered sacrificial animals on Saturday.

Similarly, on the call of unofficial local ulema committee, Eidul Azha will be celebrated in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa today (Sunday).

Though Eidul Azha will be celebrated across the country on Monday (tomorrow) as per the official announcement made by Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, headed by Mufti Munibur Rehman, Eid will be observed today (Sunday) in central districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the call of Masjid Qasim Ali Khan’s local unofficial Ruet-e-Hilal Committee.

Traditionally, Afghan refugees who have been living in Pakistan for decades celebrate Eidul Fitr and Eidul Azha with Saudi Arabia. Following this tradition, Afghan refugees observed Eidul Azha in Fata and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Saturday.

In this connection, a huge Eid congregation was held at Kacha Ghari Camp in Peshawar where thousands of Afghans offered Eid prayers and exchanged greetings. The Afghans living in Shamshato Camp in Nowshera, Khurasan and Zandi camps and those living in Charsada, Swabi, Haripur and the tribal areas also offered Eid prayers and slaughtered sacrificial animals.

Eidul Azha was also partially celebrated by tribesmen in upper Mohmand Agency, in some parts of Bajaur, Khyber and Orakzai agencies with Saudi Arabia.

This year, too, the people residing in KP would celebrate Eid on three different days. The Afghan refugees and tribesmen in some parts of Fata celebrated Eid Saturday, while a considerable number of people living in Peshawar and some in the southern districts would celebrate Eid today as announced by Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai of the unofficial moon-sighting committee based in Peshawar’s Qasim Ali Khan mosque, while people of Hazara and Malakand divisions may observe Eid with federal government.