By M. Tahir Khan.
Today is 28th Ramadan; the capital city of Pakistan “Islamabad” appears to be vacated by all non-residents to celebrate Eid-ul- Fitr with their loved ones and left for native places in different parts of the Pakistan. It is believed that people from all across Pakistan came to Islamabad for living and to meet their day to life as Islamabad being the capital city provides different opportunities including education, jobs and business to the residents of Pakistan.
This is not the first time Islamabad is looks empty, this tradition continues from decades, however, this time people will enjoy long Eid Holidays spanning over ten days. The federal and provincial government’s only announced four Eid Holidays but adding weekends it will add to ten holidays and first working day will be considered as Monday 11th July, 2016.
Islamabad is a unique city which on the occasion of Eid gives a different impression, looks boring, everyone before Eid days is rushing to book their tickets from different modes of transportation and the only purpose is to reach in between their loved ones. However, there are some negative impacts of our society as well which we can witness every year, first of all in the month of Ramadan we can witness tremendous increase in the prices of daily basis products to get maximum benefit by selling at higher prices and governments usually appear unable to their own policies, however, this also depends on the individuals to care others and avoid overpricing which is against the norms of this Islam and this holi month. Secondly, what our friends and colleagues report is increased fares on Eid days, transporters usually charge extra fares from the travellers’ than their regular charges, these are some of the negative impacts which we can witness in the holy month of Ramadan.
However, on Chand Raat some of the Islamabad’s markets look occupied by visitors from some its residents or from the native towns of Islamabad, which added to the colours of Eid in Islamabad as well.
We wish everyone happy Eid Mubarak and safe journey’s to their native towns.