KARACHI - The ever-rising inflation and severe economic woes failed to fade away the passion of Karachiites for setting up traditional roadside Iftar stalls during the holy month of Ramazan.

The Karachiites continued to make arrangements voluntarily for Iftar to facilitate the commuters and deprived people to break their fast on different city roads. The metropolis is witnessing hundreds of charity-based Iftar stalls along major roads, set up by people from all walks of life with a view to get the blessings of Allah Almighty during this holy month. It is an event where hundreds of thousands commuters and passers-by avail the facility of free Iftar.

Philanthropists, traders’ associations, welfare organisations and wealthy people have set up stalls at every major street and outside the markets of the metropolis including I I Chundirgar Road, M A Jinnah Road, Shara-e-Faisal, Shah Waliullah Road, Abul Hassan Isphani Road, University Road, Shara-e-Quaideen, Tariq Road, Zaib-un-Nisa Street, Khayaban-e-Shamshir, Main Saba, Gizri, Sea View, Rashid Minhas Road, Saphoora Chowrangi, Malir, Model Colony Hyderi Market, Meena Bazaar Karimabad, Liaqutabad, Five Star Chowrangi, Samama Market and other parts of the city.

In posh areas like DHA, elites of the city have set up camps outside their residences to arrange Iftar for the needy people and in many commercial markets; shopkeepers have set up different stalls to provide relief to the people. In different localities of the city, volunteers distribute Iftar food boxes among commuters and passengers riding buses, cars and other vehicles. It is also witnessed that in different areas Iftar camps are set up outside the mosques where people from different walks of the life contribute food to help the needy.

A commuter, who used to do Iftar at a roadside stall, said “I am living alone in Karachi since 2004 and when Ramazan arrives, I used to do Iftar at these stalls.”

A trader, Fareed Baba who sets up an Iftar stall at Shar-e-Pakistan, said that he was continuing this practice for the last ten years and now all the market colleagues were contributing him. He said that hundreds of passengers and other people benefited from their stalls.

Referring to the sky rocketing prices of fruits and other commodities, Fareed said that it was very difficult to arrange Iftar for the needy but thanks to the support from fellow shopkeepers he was able to continue this noble job.

Sabir-ud-din, a taxi driver, said “These roadside stalls help us in a very significant way. Hundreds of commuters, passerby and oppressed people benefited from these stalls in the metropolis”.