ISLAMABAD- The residents of Federal Capital have been the most deprived people in terms of opportunities of entertainment and recreation as on every festive day, the city turns as calm and cold as a graveyard. The exceptional demography of Islamabad can be blamed for the deep rest prevailing in the city on occasions like Eid and Muharram, as most of its dwellers prefer to enjoy the holidays in their hometowns. However, on occasions like December 25, it is the responsibility of government organisations and NGOs to arrange such functions and ceremonies that should not only provide the residents with an opportunity of recreation but to evoke the spirit attached with the history making dates of calendar. But unfortunately, the Christmas and Quid's Birthday both went tasteless in Islamabad as no government or non-government organisation or political party had organised any remarkable function in the city. Even the public and private universities, colleges and schools, too, could not arrange activities on Quaid Day because of the winter vacations, which have further deepened the silence in the city. Only Pakistan Muslim League (N) could have the honour to celebrate Quaid Day in Muslim League House Islamabad on Thursday evening. The charm of Christmas activities celebrated by Christian community on their own was, too, dampened by the prevailing security situation in the country as most of the Christmas celebrations in the capital city occurred in-door with heavy contingents of police deployed in nearby areas. TheNation observed a little hustle and bustle in Christian Colony G-7/2, where, too, the tight security had stained the joy of event. The police were not allowing any outsider, even journalists, to go inside the colony and inside there, no person was ready to talk to this scribe about what sort of activities were going on there. Inside the colony, groups of adults were listening to the religious sermon delivered on loudspeaker inside a makeshift hall. Others were visiting houses of their near and dear ones. In the streets, gleaming faces of young children running here and there and the decorated Christmas trees were adding to the charm of the day. The strange thing, however, was that sermons were being delivered in two different places right in front of one another on either sides of the road. Former federal minister for minorities affairs J Salik cut a cake in front of Rawalpindi-Islamabad Press Club (Camp Office) to mark the Christmas Day. Speaking on the occasion, he criticised the government for neglecting true representatives of Christian community. "Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti is the man who cut cake on December 16, the day of the fall of Dhaka, thus causing a great embarrassment for the whole Christian community of the country," he stated. He said that the representatives of minorities in the national and provincial assemblies should be directly elected and the representation of minorities leaders on reserved seats opens the door of favouritism and they are selected on personal interests that is against the very spirit of democracy.