ISLAMABAD: Munir Ahmed, fifty two, has been living in Rawalpindi, where he works as a hawker at the Pirwadhai Bus Stand, for years.

at the start from Peshawar, Mr Ahmed said he earns around Rs1,000 a day, calling out to passengers and trying to persuade them to get the bus to Peshawar. Now and again he doesn’t get any work in any respect, due to the dearth of buses, transporters’ strikes or a protest within the town.

“I used to spend Rs200 an afternoon on meals, and at night i would get a charpoy on the bus stand for Rs60. But because the Panah Gah opened in I-11 final month, I first try to get a charpoy there, because it’s supplied totally free, and failing that I visit the bus stand,” he informed sunrise.

whether or not or not he receives a charpoy, Mr Ahmed has breakfast, lunch and dinner at the brand new shelter - altogether, he's capable of keep round Rs300 each day, and send extra money again to his circle of relatives each month.

two shelters — one on the I-11 Sabzi Mandi and one in Tarlai — have been opened by using the district management below orders from the top minister.

both the shelters were set up in 20 days; the one in Tarlai can residence around one hundred fifty guys and 50 ladies, while the only in Sabzi Mandi can residence 150 men and women.

There are a number of homeless shelters that have opened throughout the u . S . A ., but maximum are run in tents. Islamabad is the simplest town with absolutely functional shelters in homes, with group of workers deputed there as properly.

however Mr Ahmed stated the ability on the safe haven is insufficient. “The ability for charpoys must be expanded through tens of times. There are thousands of folks who cannot even afford charpoys to be had for simply Rs60 a night time,” he said.

Jehangira-native Umer Daraz, 65, has a handcart on which he incorporates human beings’s goods.

“i have been operating as a labourer regardless of turning into a senior citizen,” he told sunrise. “It is right that the Panah Gah has been hooked up, but I propose the government also introduce a few honorarium for the elderly.”

Mohammad Kamran, 35, has also been staying at the safe haven. Mr Kamran is from Abbotabad and works as a labourer; the free food and accommodation on the shelter mean that he is capable of save a few cash.

Ghulam Naseem Khan, fifty six, who belongs to a village close to Mianwali, has been staying on the shelter as nicely. Mr Khan stated he changed into forcefully retired from the army in 1993 because a gun changed into recovered from his ownership.

the subsequent inquiry proved he had a licence for the pistol, based totally on which it turned into decided that he would obtain -thirds of his pension.

“i have been running from pillar to publish on the grounds that then, but no person has listened to my hassle,” he said. “i am staying in Rawalpindi so that at some point i would get someone in [General Headquarters] who could concentrate to my problem.” within the interim, Mr Khan is working as a labourer.

The caretaker of the I-11 safe haven, Rosh Dil Khan Hoti, stated the refuge constructing turned into owned via Haji Allah Rakha - additionally referred to as Mukhtar Shah - who would distribute free food in a street in I-10 within the early Eighties.

“some of the citizens complained to the district administration that the road could be blocked because of the distribution of food, so the district administration stopped him.

“Later the assistant commissioner, Chaudhry Mohammad Ali, forwarded a request to President Ziaul Haq to allocate land for the free distribution of food, and in 1986 a and a half of kanal plot became allocated for the Langar Khana in I-11. They used to give loose curry and rate for naan; initially it became only some paisas, and by means of remaining year it was Rs5 per naan,” Mr Hoti said.

“when high Minister Imran Khan directed to establish Panah Gahs, we held a camp on the fruit market giving freely free meals.

“The Langar Khana contacted us and requested her to transport the Panah Gah there. We worried philanthropists and now not most effective gotten smaller the building but a number of different facilities, inclusive of a dispensary, meals and residence have additionally been provided there,” he stated.

leader Commissioner Amer Ali Ahmed visited the website online each day and driven the body of workers, because of which the two-storey building became finished in 20 days and different centers, which include televisions and so on, were also furnished, he brought.

“We provide house on a primary-come-first-serve basis each day, and all the particulars and absolutely everyone’s details aren't most effective registered however additionally shared with the police. We cook dinner right here, a tandoor has also been established right here, and we pay all the team of workers,” he said.

In reaction to a question, Mr Hoti stated commodities along with flour and pulses are preferred to cash donations.

A senior district management legit, who asked now not to be named, additionally instructed it has been decided to boom the number of charpoys to 400 and arrange meals for 1,000 human beings.

He introduced that the dining hall may be moved to the basement, and another ground can be delivered to offer lodging to up to 1,000 people in a few weeks.

posted in sunrise, January 13th, 2019