ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Though Eid brings happiness with itself and allows Muslims to spend time with their families but law enforcement agencies (LEAs) personnel and the staff of emergency departments sacrificed their Eid celebrations for the service and comfort of citizens.
In a bid to facilitate people, the staff of hospitals, Rescue 1122, 15 service, police, traffic police cops, ambulance operating companies, toll plaza employees, petrol pumps, and media house staffers etc remained on-duty during Eid holidays.
Similarly, sweets shops, flower shops, big food chains, vendors at recreational points also keep their business running so that people can share their joys of Eid-ul-Azha and share their sentiments and have fun with their love ones.
Policemen performed their duty on pickets to ensure safety and check any untoward situation besides rendering their duty in police stations while the traffic police officials were also remained busy to keep the traffic flow smooth.
Though the staff remained limited but rescue 1122 and 15 offices were opened to provide service on any call they receive and handle any emergency situation.
However, the on-duty staffers shared their joys, greeted Eid to each other, share food trying to have good time in the absence of their families during the festivity of the special occasion.
Ahsan Jamal, a staffer of Sangjani told the state-run news agency that he hails from Dera Ghazi Khan but this Eid he was on duty so he send his family to his home town and would visit them after the official holidays.
“It’s difficult to celebrate such a big festivity without family but my other colleagues sacrifice for us and perform duties on special days so this was my turn to give them chance for celebrating good moments with their loves once and we remain in office”, he said.
Ahsan Bilal, a police cops at Zero Point picket shared that city’s activities never stopped and people live a normal life which is not possible without our services.
“We understand our responsibility so it’s normal to do duty on every festival, special occasion for the comfort of general public but we coordinate with each other and turn by turn performed duty giving chance to our colleagues to spend time with families”.
It’s also a unique experience to celebrate Eid while performing duty, he said adding, our colleagues brought delicious dishes from homes which they enjoyed, and even few citizens also offered them sweets and cakes which they refused but it gives them a sense of honour that people value their services.
In evening heavy crowd visited recreational places where vendors availed good opportunity to sell their stuff at exuberant rates and earn extra money as the snacks were on high demand due to closure of majority of city shops and regular stalls at these points as compare to normal days.