While most residents celebrated Eidul Fitr with their families, some departments such as police, hospitals and utility services were on duty to facilitate the public.
Employees of media houses, railways, airports, fuel stations, sanitary workers and traffic police officials were also on duty throughout Eid.
“Some of the staff has to be at work on Eid. It is the nature of their job,” said Zahid Ali, a collector at a toll plaza on the Motorway. He, however, was happy that it was raining on Eid as the weather turned pleasant.
Dr Aqsa, a physician at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, said, “It is the first Eid that I am not home, but tending patients in an emergency is a cause worth sacrificing our Eid for.”
She said staff members had brought food from their homes to share with others who hailed from far-off cities.
Noor Bakht, who is a porter at the Rawalpindi Railway Station, said working on Eid days has two advantages: “Passengers give extra tips and we can avail more holidays after the official ones are over.”
Published in The Express Tribune, August 2nd, 2014.
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