LAHORE Eidul Fitr will be celebrated in the country on Saturday (today), excluding Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which, maintaining its past tradition, broke ranks with the nation and celebrated it on Friday on the verdict of a private body of local ulema, whose claim about the sighting of the Shawwal moon was rejected by the central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee. Special security arrangements have been made at all important mosques and Imambargahs because of the apprehensions that militants could target them and kill the faithful to turn an occasion of jubilation into tragedy. Though a coincidence, Eid is falling on the same day the New Yorks World Trade Centre was razed to the ground by militants in cataclysmic attacks nine years ago. Alleging that the attacks had originated from Afghanistan, the US had invaded the impoverished country and ousted the five-year old Taliban government. Countless people have been killed since then and more than 100,000 US and NATO troops are still there to achieve their targets, unclear to others. The devastating floods in all four provinces have also made the Eid gloomy. About 20 million people have been affected by the floods, which have no parallel in the countrys history. The federal and the provincial governments are engaged in rehabilitation work and many important political leaders have announced that they would celebrate Eid with the flood victims. PML-N Chief Mian Nawaz Sharif has issued special instructions to his party men to extend maximum help to the flood-hit people. Nawaz himself, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and his ministers will celebrate Eid with the homeless flood victims. This is an attempt to boost their morale and let them know that they are not alone in this hour of trial. As things stand, there is not much enthusiasm among the flood-hit to celebrate Eid because a large number of them have deprived of their homes and thousands of others have lost their dear ones in the uncontrollable floods, which are still wreaking havoc in parts of Sindh. The international response to the calamity that struck Pakistan is far from satisfactory. Even some world leaders have expressed disappointment over the quantum of assistance provided to Pakistan. In the flood-affected areas, Eid celebrations will be much different from the ones in normal days. The reason is that the inhabitants of these areas are no longer there, and in some cases mosques they used to pray in are inundated. The threat of suicide bombings on religious gatherings is so strong that many people are thinking of keeping away from congregations. Authorities are directing people to avoid offering Eid prayers on open places. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presided over a meeting to get an update of the measures taken by the police department. It was learnt that the leaves of the police department people have been cancelled for the time being. Some 12,000 cops will be on duty in the provincial metropolis on Eid day to maintain law and order. All top police officials will also be on duty. Walk-through gates have been installed at all important places.