ISLAMABAD: Munir Ahmed, 52, has been dwelling in Rawalpindi, where he works as a hawker at the Pirwadhai Bus Stand, for years.

originally from Peshawar, Mr Ahmed stated he earns around Rs1,000 a day, calling out to passengers and attempting to steer them to get the bus to Peshawar. Sometimes he doesn’t get any paintings at all, because of the dearth of buses, transporters’ moves or a protest in the city.

“I used to spend Rs200 an afternoon on meals, and at night time i'd get a charpoy on the bus stand for Rs60. But because the Panah Gah opened in I-11 last month, I first try to get a charpoy there, as it’s provided without spending a dime, and failing that I visit the bus stand,” he informed sunrise.

whether or not or no longer he receives a charpoy, Mr Ahmed has breakfast, lunch and dinner at the brand new safe haven - altogether, he is able to store around Rs300 every day, and send extra cash lower back to his circle of relatives each month.

shelters — one at the I-11 Sabzi Mandi and one in Tarlai — had been opened by way of the district administration below orders from the high minister.

each the shelters had been installation in 20 days; the only in Tarlai can house around a hundred and fifty guys and 50 women, while the only in Sabzi Mandi can residence one hundred fifty ladies and men.

There are some of homeless shelters that have opened throughout the u . S ., however maximum are run in tents. Islamabad is the best city with fully functional shelters in homes, with staff deputed there as properly.

but Mr Ahmed said the capacity at the refuge is insufficient. “The capacity for charpoys need to be elevated by using tens of times. There are lots of people who can't even come up with the money for charpoys available for just Rs60 a night,” he stated.

Jehangira-local Umer Daraz, 65, has a handcart on which he incorporates humans’s items.

“i've been operating as a labourer notwithstanding becoming a senior citizen,” he advised sunrise. “It is ideal that the Panah Gah has been hooked up, however I recommend the government additionally introduce a few honorarium for the aged.”

Mohammad Kamran, 35, has also been staying on the refuge. Mr Kamran is from Abbotabad and works as a labourer; the free meals and accommodation at the safe haven mean that he is able to store some money.

Ghulam Naseem Khan, fifty six, who belongs to a village near Mianwali, has been staying at the refuge as well. Mr Khan said he was forcefully retired from the navy in 1993 because a gun turned into recovered from his possession.

the following inquiry proved he had a licence for the pistol, based on which it became decided that he could get hold of two-thirds of his pension.

“i have been jogging from pillar to post because then, but no person has listened to my trouble,” he stated. “i'm staying in Rawalpindi in order that sooner or later i would get someone in [General Headquarters] who could listen to my trouble.” within the intervening time, Mr Khan is working as a labourer.

The caretaker of the I-11 refuge, Rosh Dil Khan Hoti, said the safe haven constructing changed into owned by means of Haji Allah Rakha - additionally known as Mukhtar Shah - who would distribute loose meals in a street in I-10 within the early Nineteen Eighties.

“a number of the residents complained to the district management that the street might be blocked due to the distribution of meals, 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 unfastened distribution of meals, and in 1986 a and a half of kanal plot became allotted for the Langar Khana in I-11. They used to present unfastened curry and charge for naan; initially it changed into only a few paisas, and through last 12 months it turned into Rs5 in step with naan,” Mr Hoti said.

“while top Minister Imran Khan directed to establish Panah Gahs, we held a camp at the fruit marketplace giving freely free meals.

“The Langar Khana contacted us and requested her to move the Panah Gah there. We worried philanthropists and now not only contracted the constructing however a number of other centers, inclusive of a dispensary, meals and house have also been provided there,” he said.

chief Commissioner Amer Ali Ahmed visited the site every day and driven the staff, due to which the two-storey constructing was completed in 20 days and other facilities, including televisions and so on, have been also provided, he brought.

“We provide house on a first-come-first-serve basis each day, and all the details and all and sundry’s details are not handiest registered however additionally shared with the police. We cook dinner here, a tandoor has also been hooked up here, and we pay all of the body of workers,” he said.

In response to a question, Mr Hoti said commodities consisting of flour and pulses are favored to coins donations.

A senior district administration official, who requested not to be named, also advised sunrise it has been determined to boom the wide variety of charpoys to 400 and set up food for 1,000 people.

He introduced that the eating corridor will be moved to the basement, and any other ground could be introduced to offer accommodation to up to at least one,000 people in some weeks.

published in , January thirteenth, 2019