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Pakistan Beefs Up Border Patrol After Attacks in 3 Cities

A Pakistani army spokesman said Saturday that the military had beefed up the monitoring of Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan after insurgents carried out attacks Friday on three major Pakistani cities � Quetta, Parachinar and Karachi.

Major General Asif Ghafoor said …

US Special Envoy to Afghanistan, Pakistan Steps Down


The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan has stepped down.

Laurel Miller left the office Friday without a replacement being named.

The departure of the special envoy comes at the same time the U.S. is preparing to …

Administration OKs $2 Billion Drone Sale to India


The Trump administration has authorized the sale of unarmed surveillance drones to India, the manufacturer said Friday, as the two nations’ leaders prepare for their first face-to-face meeting.

India initiated its request to buy 22 Guardian MQ-9B unmanned …

Sunday is first day of Eid Al-Fitr in most Muslim countries

Jeddah (IINA) – Eid Al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, would be celebrated on Sunday in most countries across the Middle east and other part of the Islamic world. These countries included Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Qatar, Algeria, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia. The central African nations would also be celebrating Eid Sunday.

The Eid crescent was sighted in UAE � Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and other parts, along with Qatar, Bahrain and other Gulf countries on Saturday. The confirmation was issued shortly after the moon was sighted by Saudi Arabia. In the Gulf region, including the parts of Maghreb and rest of Africa, Eid-al-Fitr prayers would be held on Sunday.

Sunday is the first day of Eid Al-Fitr in Saudi Arabia after reported sightings of the new moon. The Supreme Court earlier called on Muslims in the Kingdom to sight the crescent moon on Saturday evening. Astronomer Khalid Al-Zaaq, a member of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences confirmed in his Twitter account that Eid begins Sunday astronomically. He added that the astronomical calculations based on followed criteria suggest that Sunday is first day of Eid Al-Fitr.

In UAE, a 4-day vacation would be observed across sectors, beginning from Sunday. All institutions and offices would resume for work on Thursday. In Qatar, the holidays would last for the entire week. Bahrain would celebrate Eid for three days. The first day of Eid Al Fitr will be Sunday, officials from Qatar’s Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs (Awqaf) have announced. Meanwhile, Oman’s Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs has announced that Sunday will be the last day of the holy month of Ramadan, and Monday will be the first day of Eid al-Fitr.

Eid-al-Fitr, observed on the first day of Islamic month of Shawwal, is the biggest festival among Muslims across sectarian lines. The festival is the culmination of the holy month of Ramadan, when believers fast from dawn to dusk for a month’s period, and remain steadfast in prayers.

Source: International Islamic News Agency