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ISLAMABAD: A number of people working in emergency departments Saturday celebrated Eid at their workplaces, performing duties to facilitate public and ensuring their safety. On Eid holidays, in general government, private and semi private offices remained closed from Jumma tul Wida onward Tuesday but specific departments provided their services, thus ensuring relief to fellow citizens....

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 18, 2015 | Last Updated: 6 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jul 18, 2015 | Last Updated: 6 years ago

ISLAMABAD: A number of people working in emergency departments Saturday celebrated Eid at their workplaces, performing duties to facilitate public and ensuring their safety.

On Eid holidays, in general government, private and semi private offices remained closed from Jumma tul Wida onward Tuesday but specific departments provided their services, thus ensuring relief to fellow citizens.

Police cops, traffic police officials, limited staff of hospitals, toll plaza, media workers, airport, railways and bus stand employees, petrol pumps, CNG station workers, sanitary workers medical stores etc. did perform their duties during Eid holidays.

Asif Ilyas a media worker, sharing his sentiments said, “My family had left for Attock to celebrate the Eid with their elders but he has to perform duty today and will leave on Sunday to join his family”.

He said that majority of staffers hailed from far away stations who availed the opportunity to have some time with their peers and kins on Eid and the staff members of local nearby areas, performed duty during Eid holidays one by one.

“We change duty every year on rotation basis so that office and family affairs can be managed with balance and this time it was my turn”, he added.

Azra Hanif, a nurse at Poly Clinic hospital said, ” I am happy to serve during Eid holidays as the patients need attention and celebrating Eid with them is a quite different experience.”

She said, the doctors and other staff members of the hospital shared Eid greetings with patients and their attendants, adding “it gives us a sense of satisfaction and happiness for being with them at this auspicious occasion.”

“We bring special dishes from our homes and share food with each other”, she said adding, hospital staff is like a family as they spend half of the day here.

This time, she said, Eid celebration is somewhat double for her as she would be celebrating it here at hospital and later at home with family members in the evening. 

Arif Khan, a bakery and sweet shop worker at Aabpara market said, on Eid day sale of sweets, cake, snacks, pizza and other items remained higher throughout the day and people took it for homes to serve their guests and also to gift their kins and friends.

He said when the owner asked him to come on Eid day, he felt little bit annoyed for missing the festivity and company of friends and family but it was good a new experience for him to share happiness with customers.

He said, “people, with glowing faces to buy different eatables for their families, gives me the real pleasure of Eid”.

Jalal Fazl, a police cop performing duty at G-10 traffic signal check post said it is not possible for authorities to grant leave to the whole staff for the security of masses, adding, the moto is to serve the countrymen.

He said he hailed from Bahawalpur and every year he went to the hometown for celebrating Eid but this time he was assigned duty so stayed here alone, adding, “Our department is our prestige”.

He said that on this Eid one of his colleague brought 'Sher Khurma' and 'Chaat' while two others brought lunch and they fully enjoyed it.

Another advantage is that he will get extra leaves for doing duty on Eid days so he has more time to spend with his parents and family at a later stage, he added.

The spirit of on duty staffers was high while rendering their duties as they acknowledged that this is imperative for the citizens to have a sense of relief and safety. –APP

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