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Delhi celebrates Eid, Pakistan Foreign Secy prays at Jama Masjid

New Delhi: Delhiites on Wednesday celebrated Eid with much enthusiasm, despite the Capital scorching under the sun at a maximum temperature of 43 degree Celsius. And while the morning prayers were a time for reflection, the crescent moon brought an end to the month of Ramzan for Muslims.

Moreover, the city's historic Jama Masjid saw Pakistan Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood offering Eid prayers while on a three-day private visit to India, diplomatic sources said. Mahmood, who was Pakistan's High Commissioner to India before he assumed charge of the top post in mid-April, arrived here on Tuesday night.

Mahmood's visit, even though it is a private one, comes amid speculation about the possibility of a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan on the sidelines of the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek next week. Both Modi and Khan are scheduled to attend the annual SCO summit on June 13-14.

Meanwhile, local politicians also wished residents in the Capital a safe and happy Eid. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari offered good wishes to Muslim in Delhi, saying that the occassion is an opportunity for embracing fraternity and the idea of unity in diversity. Union Minister and Chandni Chowk MP Harsh Vardhan also tweeted his Eid wishes earlier in the day with a short poem in Hindi, wishing a happy Eid to "all who are his own".

Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta also wished the people of Delhi on Eid, tweeting, "Wish you a very happy Eid-ul-Fitr. May the day bring in lots of happiness, peace and prosperity to you and your family."

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