SIALKOT

A huge number of schoolchildren and dropouts could be seen selling boiled eggs amidst severe cold and dense fog on the main roads, bazaars, streets, local railway stations and bus stands here to support their families and manage their educational expenditures.

Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial, Uggoki, Pasrur, Badian, Chawinda and surrounding areas are found echoed in the evenings with the rising voices of “Aandey, Garam Aandey” (buy hot boiled eggs).

The minor schoolchildren-turned egg sellers said that they sell eggs in the evening till late night to feed their families. Several children said that during the morning they go to schools for getting education and after schooling they sell eggs.

Sambrial-based Muhammad Nasir, a dropout, said that he had given up his school because of poverty, and now he was forced to sell eggs while visiting almost every area of Sambrial city to feed his family which comprises a widowed mother, three sisters and a brother.

Another child Arsalan, 13, said he sells almost two to three dozen boiled eggs and earns Rs150 to 200 daily. He said that he was fond of getting education, but his dream could not become true because he had no resources of getting education.

Ehtesham, 14, said, “My voice “Aandey, Garam Aandey” lures most of the people and they buy eggs from me.” Now feeding of my family was my dream only, he added. To a question, Ehtesham narrated, “ I love Alif, Bey, Pey” but I have to sing the song of “Aandey, Garam Aandey”.

Selling eggs in Model Town Sialkot, Khurram, 13, said that he sells two to three dozen eggs daily. Lubna, 13, was of the view that she felt no hesitation in selling eggs. She said that it was also a silent service to the nation. She said that it was better sell eggs with her other fellows instead of begging. She said that she gets education in the day and in the evening she sells eggs to bear the educational expenditures.

The number of children dealing in eggs is increasing day by day in Sialkot district, putting aside the harsh severe cold and dense fog in the evenings.

Bid to smuggle heroin foiled: Anti Narcotics Force has foiled an attempt of smuggling heroin abroad from Sialkot International Airport, and arrested a passenger carrying seven kg fine quality heroin.

According to ANF officials, Church Road-Hajipura Sialkot city based Shahid Bashir was trying to go Dubai from Sialkot International Airport through a private airline. It seized 7-kg heroin kept in hidden parts of his bag. The accused was trying to smuggle this big quantity of heroin from Sialkot- to Spain via Dubai.

Meanwhile, a Federal Investigation Agency team raided a travel agency and arrested two alleged human traffickers Mujahid Anjum and Saqlain Shah.

FIA has also seized several passports, Rs0.5 million in cash and dozens of medical certificates. Officials said both the accused had been running a black business of sending people abroad illegally after extorting money from them by showing them the golden dreams of their lucid future in abroad. It has registered a case against the accused and sent them behind bars.