The festive spirit was witnessed at over 100 countrywide Panahgahs, where hundreds of thousands fasting labourers and daily wage earners broke their Roza in an environment of compassion and sharing on a regular basis. Iftar and Sehar are being served at Panahgahs with great enthusiasm, yet strict adherence to the anti-coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ward off the looming threat of its outbreak at such crowded places. The anti-COVID-19 SOPs such as mask-wearing, hand-washing and physical distancing are strictly being followed at all the Panahgahs, where fresh fruits, snacks, fritters and beverages are a regular feature of Iftar. “We are delighted by the cooperation of the Panahgah’s dwellers, who are helpful in the implementation of the best practices,” said Prime Minister’s Focal Person Naseem ur Rehamn, who broke his fast among the G-9 Panahgah’s residents. Sharing the feelings of almost every dweller at the Panahgah, Ahsan Hameed from Upper Dir told APP that they wholeheartedly welcomed the government’s leadership role in making proper arrangements for Sehar and Iftar at such places. “Before the start of Panahgahs, we were always anxious for not knowing that where from the Iftar will come, but now we have a great feeling to know that someone is preparing Sehar and Iftar for us and we know where to get it from,” he remarked. Prime Minister Imran Khan’s poor-friendly initiatives are literally paying dividends as thousands of poor people are not only getting food from Panahgahs, but also from the mobile kitchens distributing nutritious food boxes at special routes of major cities. The PM’s focal person told APP that the mobile kitchens, launched as a pilot project under the prime minister’s ‘Koi Bhuka Na Soye’ programme, were serving meals to the poor in major cities like Faisalabad, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, and Rawalpindi. Plans were underway to replicate the programme across the country to reach a larger number of poor people with nutritious food, he added. “The government feels that it is its obligation and responsibility to rise up the challenge and relieve hunger particularly in the holy month of Ramazan. It inspires us to strive harder and also build partnership between public and private organizations to ensure that the programme is reaching to every nook and cranny of the country,” the focal person maintained. He also appreciated the Silani Welfare Trust, which was the principal partner in the initiative to feed the fasting with dignity in harmony with the prime minister’s vision.