ISLAMABAD- Snowfall has been recorded after 6 years at Margalla Hills in Islamabad.The mountains including picnic point Pir Suhawa wore a white snow cover and a cold wave has gripped the twin cities, private news channel reported. The intermittent rain spell started on Friday morning and brought the mercury down to minus Celsius due to which snowfall started at night and Margalla hills including adjacent areas received 1-inch snowfall.Meanwhile, rain brought severe wave of cold spell in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, compelling people to buy warm clothes second-hand as well as new ones. Shopkeepers of warm clothes are looking busy in making their business. The sale of woolen clothes, particularly the second-hand variety, has increased, as people rushed to buy them. The crowd of people can be seen bargaining with retailers in markets and weekly bazaars where besides woollies heaps of quilts, bedcovers, blankets and rugs are up for sale.Stall of winter clothes and sales points of shoes can be witnessed at Aabpara Market, Melody Market, Super Market, Jinnah Super Market, Sittara Markez, Peshawar Morr, G-10 Markez, Karachi Company, Faizabad, Commercial Market, Sadiqabad Chowk, Raja Bazaar and at many other big shopping malls and markets of the twin cities. The vendors and dealers are doing brisk business as their clothes are selling like hot cakes. Our business is going very well these days as the demand for winter clothes has risen, he said.  Our sales have doubled and we expect that in the days ahead these will go up further, claimed another shopkeeper. Ghulam Hussain, a resident of Islamabad said that the winter rains in twincities always lowers the temperature. Snowfall at Murree hills also affects the weather of the city, he added.INP adds: Hundreds of citizens of the federal capital thronged to Pir Suhawa picnic point to enjoy the first and long awaited snowfall of the winter season. According to details, Margalla Hills surrounding the capital city have received light snowfall after six years. The mountains including picnic point Pir Suhawa wore a white layer and a cold wave has gripped the twin cities.The intermittent rain spell which started on Friday morning brought the mercury down to minus Celsius due to which snowfall started at night and Margalla hills including adjacent areas received 1-inch snowfall attracting the people of the twin cities to enjoy the scenic beauty. Citizens seem delighted over intermittent rains and snowfall after prolonged drought and despite intense cold weather they enjoyed moving in the snow covered mountains..Meanwhile, the prevailing chilly weather has increased the demand for snacks, fried food items and dry fruits, adding charm to enjoy the weather traditionally. A huge rush of buyers was witnessed at various stalls of ‘Samosas’, ‘Pakoras’, ‘Jaleebi’, chicken and vegetable soups, fried fish, peanuts, walnuts,dried apricot and almonds. “It is real fun in the winter season to enjoy hot pakoras and samosas especially when it is cloudy, we usually plan outdoor activity to enjoy the weather,” a group of students said. A lot of families also come out of their homes to enjoy hot soups with their children on the day because it was much-awaited rain spell and people were desirous of enjoying the weather. “We always spend cloudy day in winter at our favourite picnic spot in the city and enjoy fried fish with its aroma filled in the air,” Fatima said excitedly. The clouds hovering over the twin cities compelling people to wear wollies and enjoy seasonal delights. Young boys and girls keep sharing text messages excitedly as drizzle continue on and off in the city, “I love the this weather and especially in winter when it rained it brought a lot of memories of enjoying weather in the childhood,” Maria a young girl said.     “The scattered showers on Friday bring some relief from dry weather conditions which were prevailing for last two months,” Ahsan Ali, a public servant said. 

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 08-Jan-2012 here.