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Eid dampened by war and virus: Paktia residents

Eid dampened by war and virus: Paktia residents

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May 27, 2020 - 16:26

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Residents of southeastern Paktia province say that conflict, poverty and the coronavirus pandemic have dampened the Eidul Fitr.

Traditional zeal and happiness among the people has been reduced considerably by increased violence and coronavirus outbreak in the province. Like other parts of the country..

Shaista Gul Ahmadzai, a Gardez-based tailor, told Pajhwok Afghan News many young men, killed in the war, could not collect the suits he had sewn for them this past Eid.

“There is no happiness in the build-up to this Eid, as the war has snatched all our joys. It has left many without fathers, cousins and sons -- so this Eid will bring them no happiness,” he remarked.

Ahmadullah, a resident of Choni area, recalled: “We enjoy the Eid two years back when there was a ceasefire. After that, we did not see a festival worth its name.”

“War is the source of all misfortunes. People are suffering from poverty, left with nothing to eat, because of the coronavirus and conflict. So what does Eid mean in such a situation?” he asked.

Zainullah Rodwal, a resident of Ahmadabad district, said most of the people were worried about the coronavirus, and could not visit their relatives.

Meanwhile, religious scholar Khaliq Dad Haqqani called on Talibaninfo-icon fighters to renounce the conflict and help the government combat pandemic.

“Eid is a joy from God for Muslims and they reserve the right to celebrate it in a befitting manner. We hope the government will also show flexibility,” he remarked.

As usual, most of the people want the Taliban to declare an Eid ceasefire and thereby enable their compatriots to enjoy this Muslim holiday. .

sa/mud

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