ISLAMABAD - Government offices on Friday gave a deserted look as majority of public servants left the offices early in morning to get to their hometowns to enjoy the long weekend at homes. Low attendance and leaving the offices early on Fridays can be termed as a routine matter in government organisations. However, this Friday, most of the officers and staff of various organisations were hurrying homes because of two consecutive holidays on December 27, official leave announced on first death anniversary of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, and 28, the Sunday. In a number of organisations, junior staff informed TheNation that their officers were either on leave right from December 24, as there occurred only one working day, the Friday, till December 28. Others left early Friday morning after putting signs on attendance register. The routine business in government offices remained blocked as people visiting them for various jobs had to return homes disappointed because key staff in the said offices was missing. In headquarter of a huge organization in the federal capital that has thousands of employees and workers, not more than a few dozen employees were present on Friday. There was a rare calm on highways in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad in the evening, however, bus terminals in both the cities were jam-packed with commuters seeking seats in buses and wagons to get to their homes. The twin cities also observed shortage of public transport as a considerable number of vans and buses had been hired by those visiting Garhi Khuda Bukhsh to attend the first death anniversary of former prime minister Benazir Shaheed. It was observed that taxi drivers had increased fares on inter-city routes. I was charged Rs 160 from Pindi Saddar, said a passenger who got down from a taxicab at Aabpara. He said that otherwise he used to pay Rs 100 to 120 for the same trip. Off the roads, activists of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) were heavily busy in making preparations for the death anniversary of their former chairperson. Besides affixing posters and banners on walls and poles, they were also making arrangements for huge gatherings near the residences and public offices of prominent party leaders. The banners and posters read rich tributes to the efforts made by BB for revival of democracy in the country besides pledges made to continue her mission even at the cost of lives of her devotees. The prevailing calm in the city, and sad faces of PPP activists while giving final touches to the arrangements made for BB's death anniversary turned the city atmosphere rather melancholy in the evening. My heart gets down whenever I think that BB is no more among us, said a PPP activist while busy in arrangements at G-7/1. I think as BB has been assassinated right today, he added.