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    Eidul Azha celebrated across Afghanistan

    KABUL (PAN):  The first day of the biggest annual religious festival, Eidul Azha, was celebrated across the country, including the capital Kabul, on Sunday with little major violence.

    In Kabul, residents offered Eid prayers at the Eidgah Mosque, Pul-i-Khushti Mosque, Wazir Akbar Khan and others.

    President Hamid Karzai along with a number of former jihadi leaders, Cabinet members and Parliamentarians offered the prayers at the Presidential Palace.

    Payer leaders in their sermons highlighted the importance of the day and prayed for peace, stability, reconciliation and prosperity.

    Ali Mohammad, a Kabul resident, said he prayed to Allah, the Almighty, to bring peace and stability to the country. "It will be a real Eid for us when peace and normalcy is returned to our country," he said.

    Eid prayers were also offered in the Eid Gah Mosque in southern Kandahar province and at the central mosque in Herat City, the capital of eastern Herat province. In eastern Nangarhar province, prayers were offered at the Eid Gah, Bazari, Spin Jumaat and other mosques in Jalalabad city. In northern Balkh province, Eid prayers were offered in the Roza Mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif.

    The Ministry of the Interior has said that tight security arrangements had been put in place ahead of the festival in order to prevent any violence.

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