'Don't hold Shab-e-Barat gatherings, stay indoors'

Authorities in Kargil district of Ladakh on Wednesday appealed to religious heads and people not to hold any gatherings on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat and remain indoors in view of the nationwide lockdown imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Shab-e-Barat, also known as the night of forgiveness, will be observed on April 8-9. Members of the Muslim community usually hold night-long prayers at places of worship and also visit graveyards to seek forgiveness for their departed loved ones.

District Magistrate, Kargil, Baseer-ul-Haq Choudhary urged people “to commemorate Shab-e-Barat at their homes and avoid social gatherings for their own safety and the safety of others”.

He appealed to religious heads and people to follow the directions and guidelines issued by the health department, adding that social distancing should be followed. Choudhary also asked people to pray for the safety and well-being of the humankind.

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