Islamabad – After giving a deserted look for almost five days, life is slowly returning to normal in twin cities as people are returning from their hometown after celebrating Eidul Fitr with their families and relatives.
A large number of people, residing in twin cities in connection with their jobs, go to their hometown every year to celebrate Eid with their near and dear ones. They mainly belong to various cities of the country and are living in twin cities for their studies or jobs.
The government this time has announced three Eid holidays, while people started leaving for home to celebrate Eid on Friday as the government has also announced two weekly offs. It took the total number of holidays to seven, as people also attached two days of Thursday and Friday to make their stay longer at their native towns.
Adeel Arshad, a resident of Shamsabad, said, “It is good to see people coming back to Rawalpindi after celebrating Eid. Rawalpindi had become a ghost town during Eid holidays.
Earlier, like every year on Eid-ul-Fitr, the federal capital wore a deserted look as most of the natives have moved toward their home towns to celebrate Eid with their near ones.
Majority of the population of Islamabad comprised of the people belonging to different parts of the country who are settled here for job, education and business purposes and celebrate every festival at their hometown. “I left the capital four days before eid to celebrate the festival with my parents in Sahiwal and will return on the first working day on Aug 23 (Thursday)”, a student said.
The most amazing thing during my stay is to share the happiness of Eid with my family, relatives and old friends there, he said. Most of the employees of private and public sector departments take weekly offs and holidays before Eid and move to their hometowns little early as transport become unavailable at last hours.
“I usually visit my hometown only on Eid due to tough office routine and this time I got more holidays to spend most of my time with my parents, Qasim  Shah, an employee said. “I left for my home town on early Friday taking holidays in continuation with Eid holidays and weekly offs and will come back before the first working day after eid”, he added.
The main markets, food outlets and restaurants of the capital remained almost closed during the three days of Eid which made difficult for the bachelors and on-duty staff to manage food. “I cannot find any food outlet or shop opened near my office at G-7 as most of the owners of restaurants and food outlets also hail from other cities”, Kamran, an employee said.
The public transport plying between the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi was seen very limited and the people who visiting recreational spots were bound to pay double charges to the available transport.