Interestingly, the Ottoman tradition ‘Basket of Goodness’ is taking roots in Pakistan

Muhammad Imran, a baker in the Hastnagri area of Peshawar, said that he was happy over cooperating with the Tehrik in the noble cause.

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Items being delivered in Istanbul via basket (Getty)

Inspired by a scene depicted in hit Turkish historical drama series “Diriliş: Ertuğrul,” an ancient Ottoman tradition, “Basket of Goodness/Naiki ki Tokri” has been revived in various cities across Pakistan.

The giving of ekmek (bread) is of particular importance in Turkey (Credit: Thankful Photography/Alamy)

Peshawar

Pakistan Hindkowan Tehrik, a platform of Hindko speakers of Peshawar, being patronized by a local businessman, Atif Haleem, has taken the lead of keeping Goodness Baskets at the shops of bread bakers. “The plan of keeping these baskets came to my mind while observing a soar in hardships of already economically pressed poor people of the city,” said Atif Haleem.

Initially, the Tehrik had placed these baskets in around 20 shops in the inner city, but after the shopowners showed cooperation, more baskets were placed in the Saddar area of Nothia.

Muhammad Imran, a baker in the Hastnagri area of Peshawar, said that he was happy over cooperating with the Tehrik in the noble cause.

A needy person expressed happiness over the initiative and explained his situation, “I have a five-member family, and we have to opt to starve sometimes because of having nothing with us to eat.”

Islamabad

An oven employee is placing bread in a “basket of goodness” in Bani Gala, Islamabad, on May 18, 2020. (AN Photo)

Dr. Rana Muhammad Ikhlaq, started by placing the baskets at different ovens in the Bani Gala area of Islamabad, near Imran Khan’s residence, to provide free bread to the poor.

“The basket of goodness is a scheme that requires neither too much money nor too much arrangement to run,” Dr. Ikhlaq said. “First, I watched this basket of goodness in Ertuğrul, then I researched more about it and watched a documentary about this old Turkish tradition of the Ottoman Empire. It inspired me a lot,” he remarked.

A woman receives bread from a “basket of goodness” at an oven in Bani Gala, Islamabad, on May 18, 2020. (AN Photo)

Karachi

The Ottoman tradition has recently been revived in Karachi amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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