Islamabad - Limited staff was on duty yesterday, the last working day before Eid-ul-Azha vacations, where people were mostly seen discussing high rates of sacrificial animals, non-availability of butchers and inviting their fellows on Eid days.

Majority of the staff took extra leaves to avoid rush and spend more time with their families combing with the three official holidays announced by the government from October 24 to 26. People hailing from far flung areas and intended to leave for their hometown also took half leave and left their offices before time. Shahbaz Butt a resident of Gujrat said he brought his luggage with him and so that he can leave the office after lunch break. “I came office just to mark my attendance and finish some urgent work so that my absent will not be counted with Eid holidays”.

“I usually visit my hometown only on Eid due to a tough office routine and this time I got extra leaves after Eid holidays to spend more time with my family”, remarked Javed Ali an employee of Secretariat.

The local transport plying on city routes was also quite thin, as most transporters have shifted their vehicles on long routes to facilitate people of far-flung areas and also to get more money in this peak season of minting money.

Sehrish, a housewife said that she has not send her children to school because majority of the students already took leave and no regular class work was expected today. “I ask my children to stay at home and do self-study rather than going to school”, she stated. Taking advantage of the pleasant weather a huge number of natives of the capital also visited `Bakra Mandi’ finding a suitable animal in reasonable rates for following Sunnat e Ibrahimi on Eid ul Azha.