563 injured persons admitted in hospitals as uncertainty grows

ISLAMABAD: The situation in the capital continues to be tense but no untoward incident has taken place so far. According to the hospital sources, five hundred and sixty-three (563) injured persons have been admitted in the three hospitals of the capital. A spokesperson of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) said that two hundred and fifty-two (252) persons were admitted in the hospital, adding that one hundred and eighty-four (184) have been discharged so far.On the other hand, the businesses have been badly affected in the capital due to the current demonstrations led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) but the restaurants around the sit-ins venues are running well these days with high earning. A lot of rush has been witnessed at different restaurants located around the sit-ins as these eating points are getting high sales as compared with the normal days because many participants of the marches eat at these restaurants which are open till late night to facilitate the maximum number of protestors.While talking to the media personnel, Khadim Hussain, an owner of a small restaurant in Blue Area on Monday said that his business these days is running well as the rates of the food items are affordable and his staff remains busy all the day in dealing with the customers, especially the marchers. Despite the fact that other businesses in these areas are badly affected due to the sit-ins, he said.Nawaz Ahmad, another restaurant owner at Sector F10 said, “Over the past few years, the lifestyle of the residents of the twin cities has witnessed a change, especially in their eating habits, as dining out has not only become a trend but eating at late hours has become quite a routine for many.” “I keep my restaurant open till Fajr time and people keep coming to enjoy the food, but these days when the activities of the marches ends at night, these people rush to my restaurant which results in high proceeds,” he added. On the other hand, the vendors around the points of the sit-ins have also set up their stalls where the sale of food and drinks is on the rise. These food vendors from the twin cities have rushed to the area and are selling their food items.Moreover, the work has been stopped on the metro bus project since the past five weeks.According to details, temporary construction work is being continued at some points in Rawalpindi while the slow pace of work is creating multiple problems for the citizens. Labourers of the metro bus project were given holidays on July 28. When the labourers returned to their work, nonstop rains, and the sit-ins of PAT and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf affected the construction work.

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