Afghans, who celebrated the first day of Eid on Sunday, welcomed the fact that no security incidents were reported at mosques in the country during the morning’s key prayer services.
This was particularly welcomed by Kabul residents.
Religious scholars at mosques around the city called on the people during Eid prayers to stand united and urged armed anti-government groups to lay down their weapons and impose a ceasefire over Eid.
“All the tribes who live in Afghanistan are part of one body and no one can divide them,” said Mohamamd Ayaz Niazi, Imam of Wazir Akbar Khan mosque.
“I hope that the beginning of Eid will be the end of the war and violence in our country,” said Munier Noori, a Kabul resident.
People who had gathered at Kabul mosques for Eid prayers said they were tired of war and urged National Unity Government (NUG) leaders to maintain security.
Kabul residents also said they appreciated the security forces’ efforts to maintain their security and urged them to be more alert during Eid days.
“I congratulate all the Afghan people this Eid, especially to the security forces and to the families of those soldiers who were martyred while defending the country and maintaining security,” said General Qadam Shah Shahim, Afghanistan’s envoy to Kazakhstan.
Meanwhile, a number of Kabul residents said Eid was an opportunity for people to put their disagreements behind them, to accept each other and to work towards national unity.
“May God bless us with security over Eid so the days will be peaceful,” said Kabul resident Tajamol Nazari.
“Let’s leave discrimination (behind) and be united,” said another Kabul resident, Shafi Rahgozar.
“Eid is an opportunity for the people to hug each other,” said Mawla Dad Malik, another resident of Kabul.
Eid this year falls in what has been one of Afghanistan’s deadliest months in terms of insurgent attacks in the past 15 years.
Dozens of incidents have happened throughout the month around the country – incidents that left over 1,000 people dead and wounded.
Kabul residents said they are tired of violence and urged anti-government groups to lay down their weapons and join the peace process.