CHITRAL: Eid was celebrated along the Chitral valley in the two districts in a usual manner with complete disregard to the precautionary instructions and government SOPS regarding the Coronavirus threat. Large congregations were addressed by the religious prayers who stressed upon following the government SOPS regarding the virus leaders, ironically to jam packed prayer goers in front of them who cared a hoot for the instructions. The Ulema said we must follow the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and observe parda etc and said Coronavirus is a warning to us from Allah for deviating from the right path.
Unfortunately speeches and sermons of Ulema due to being stereo type and repetitive, are taken as a routine matter by the audience prayer goers and do not create a viable impression on their minds.
The markets, transport activity and social mixing, Eid embracing and intermingling was at a usual Eid high pitch. Many said Coronavirus is a hoax and no body has died from it. Only ten percent people were seen wearing masks. Similar reports came in from Drosh, Ayun, Booni, Garam Chashma, Mulkhow and other places of population concentration. .. CN report, 24 May 2020