Three official holidays likely for Eid-ul-Azha

The federal government has approved a three-day holiday on the occasion of Eid ul Adha from June 17 to 19, as the nation gears up for the Muslim festival. The sources say that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has approved the summary forwarded by the Cabinet Division. The development comes as Pakistan will celebrate Eid ul Adha on June 17 after the Zil Hajj moon was sighted on June 7 last week. The festival falls on the 10th day of Zil Hajj and marks the Hajj pilgrimage. With Eid ul Adha just around the corner, cattle markets have been set up in different areas for people to purchase cows, goats, sheep and camels for sacrifice. Meanwhile, Pakistan Railways has announced a 25% reduction in fares as a special package for commuters on the occasion of Eid ul Adha. The discount will be available on all types of trains and classes with the exception of Eid special trains.