Islamabad - The wide roads and spacious recreational parks in Islamabad proved to be thin as the growing jubilant visitors continued to throng the federal capital even three days after Eid-ul-Fitr.

According to residents and shop owners, the capital witnessed an unprecedented rush of visitors for the first time making the otherwise calm Islamabad a bustling and lively city, as visitors from across the country rushed to the city to celebrate the religious festival.

The wide roads that have seldom witnessed jams including Seventh Avenue, Ninth Avenue, Islamabad Highway and Kashmir Highway presented a bumper-to-bumper traffic snarls with traffic wardens seemingly helpless to manage the unusual vehicular movement.

There was no public spot that was without any hustle and bustle as visitors continued on celebrating the festival.

“Never have I witnessed such a huge celebration in Islamabad. Usually the city poses deserted look after people leave for their hometowns to celebrate Eid. Islamabad is now destination for visitors. It is good,” Rashid Ghaffar, a resident of Islamabad, said.

With government servants having enough Eid holidays coupled with tourists from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who had observed the festival a day before the federal government announced the Eid to be celebrated on Saturday, visitors had plenty of holidays to opt for Islamabad as their destination of celebration.

“We celebrated Eid on Friday so we converged on Islamabad to join and share the moments of happiness with residents of Islamabad,” Adamsaz Khan, a revenue official working in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said.

The rush of visitors could be judged from the fact that traffic police were managing vehicular movement inside the parking lots of recreational spots as the vast parking facilities fell short of space for vehicles.

Police at Sarina Chowk and Nadra Headquarters would discourage motorists to use Constitution Avenue as visitors were interested in watching the buildings of PM Secretariat, National Assembly and others.

Some visitors wanted to have a ride in the newly-constructed metro bus service while some preferred to shop in the famous multi-storey shopping mall (Centaurus) in the capital.

“Islamabad is a beautiful city and one can get all facilities here to celebrate Eid. We hired a private car to reach here. We are enjoying the trip,” Asad Khan, who had come along with his three other friends from Malakand area, said.

Police would patrol the spots in order to ensure law and order as incidents of purse snatching happened in some places.

However, according to police, the overall law and order remained peaceful.