Pakistan Army chief offers Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at the Line of Control

Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, the chief of Pakistan Army.

Srinagar:  In a first, the chief of Pakistan army on Monday offered the special Eid-ul-Fitr prayers along the Line of Control (LoC) in divided Jammu and Kashmir.

Muslims across Asia are celebrating the special festival marking the end of holy Ramzan during which Muslims fast during day hours and are prohibited from eating or drinking.

The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) tweeted a video showing Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa among other ranks offering the Eid prayers at an undisclosed pace along the LoC in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK).

“COAS offered Eid Prayer with troops at LOC,” tweeted the DG ISPR, Major General Asif Ghafoor. “…prayed for prosperity of Pakistan. Hailed morale of troops, devotion & operational preparedness.”

The ISPR video showed Pakistan army chief greeting the troops and also addressing them.

It may be recalled that the chief of Indian Army, Gen Bipin Rawat, spent some days in Kashmir where he visited various places and army installations to “boost the morale of soldiers” in recent past.

He was accompanied by top commanders of army.

The Line of Control – de facto border between nuclear armed India and Pakistan – has witnessed massive ceasefire violations with rival armies accusing each other of unprovoked firing and mortar shelling. Many civilians and troops have been killed in the cross border attacks.

India and Pakistan had in 2003 agreed to maintain ceasefire along the LoC.

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