Several years ago, a man lost his home, property and all his belongings as he had to migrate overnight due to Pakistan Army operation against Taliban in Waziristan. That man moved to Karachi with his close family and started selling sajji on a wheel cart at the Burns Road. He became so successful that he opened five franchises in the provincial capitals of the Pakistan. This successful person was the owner of Agha Sajji Agha Muhammad Jan, . The purpose of this article is to decode the daily operations of Agha Sajji.
Chicken being transported from the van into the Chicken shop at emperor’s market.
Khadim Hussain, 33, transports chicken every morning to different chicken shops at Karachi. Due to excessive exposure to chicken’s, he is suffering from Histoplasmosis, this disease is similar to tuberculosis but he cannot leave this job as he has to feed his family.
Firstly, the chicken arrives at the chicken shop near emperors’ market 7 a.m. in the morning. The main reason for chicken arriving so early in the morning is that the transportation of chicken during day hours is banned by the government, added to that no chicken farms can be opened within residential areas of the city.
Chicken being weighed on the weighing scale at emperor’s market Karachi.
Second step is the cutting of Chicken’s which are later transported to the Agha Sajji restaurant. All the chicken to the Agha Sajji restaurant is delivered from this chicken shop at emperors’ market which is owned by Muhammad Tufail. The chicken is cut into different 7 ways including WOG, tenders, thigh, drumstick, whole wings, breast and legs.
The dishes are being transported from the Agha Sajji restaurant to the washing space for cleaning.
Followingly, the dishes which would be used in the evening for the cooking are cleaned to ensure that no time is wasted latter in the day. Furthermore, as the washing space is at a distance from the restaurant therefore a wheel cart has been created by the employees to transport these dishes in minimum time.
Sajji being cooked from rare to medium before the opening of restaurant.
The next step involves cooking the dishes, rare to medium, that take long to be prepared. This is done to ensure that when people would order these dishes they can be prepared within minutes as the customers don’t like to be kept waiting for the food for a long time.
Houseflies contaminating chicken hours before it is fed to people.
Cleanliness is the one thing of utmost importance; people pay their money to eat healthy food, but it was observed that no steps were taken by Agha Sajji to ensure the cleanliness of their products. Houseflies were sitting on chicken for hours contaminating it but no cared to cover the chicken.
The delicious chicken Karahi has been cooked and is now ready to be served to people.
People enjoying their meal with friends and families at the Agha Sajji restaurant.
By 9 a.m. the Agha Sajji restaurant is full of hustle and bustle. People from around the city haling form all fields of life come here to eat the food and enjoy the experience. On a side note, these dishes are cooked from the same chicken which were being contaminated by the houseflies earlier.
Saeed Gul, 41, is cooking bar b que for the customers while a large flame of fire has appeared due to a massive gust of air.
Ahmed Khan, 26, is taking a break from work as he has been exposed to too much smoke due to which he is facing difficulties in breathing.
All the employees who work at Agha Sajji are people who were forced to migrate from Waziristan due to the operation against Taliban. The owner believes it is his responsibility to help out these people as he was blessed by the god and now it is his job to give a helping hand to his brothers. The working conditions at these restaurants are tough, people are constantly exposed to smoke due to which they face breathing problems. Therefore, every employ takes break after every hour for ten minutes to move away from the smoke.
Roti being cooked in front of a dustbin at the Agha Sajji Restaurant which would be served to people within minutes.
As mentioned earlier due to lack of check and balance from the food authorities no attempts are made from the restaurant employees to ensure the cleanliness of the dishes, they are cooking. The garbage bin is placed between the washing space and the tandoor where roti’s are being made. This means that all the food that is being served at this restaurant is contaminated and is a time bomb ticking until it infects someone.
Shakoor Khan, 57, works as a delivery boy at the Agha Sajji restaurant. He worked for 25 years as a supervisor at a factory but was fired last year due to the pandemic.
Despite all the problems the fact of the matter is that Agha Sajji is one of the most successful restaurants of Karachi. The testament to that is the fact that people not only go there to enjoy the food but also get their orders delivered to their homes. Over 50 people are employed at this single restaurant which shows the success of this food restaurant as a brand.
Noor Ali Memon, 67, taking a bite of meetha pan while waiting for the customers.
Local ice cream vendor selling it’s kulfi’s to a large number of customers at Agha Sajii.
Agha Sajji apart from employing over 50 people is a source of income for other business also. For instance, the pan shop and kulfi sellers both stand beside the restaurant to sell their products to the people who are dining at the Agha Sajji restaurant. The success of a brand is always measured not by how much it is earning but how much it is helping the community. In this regard Agha Sajji seems a successful brand as it is not only employing people but acting as source of income for others.
The boy is riding a car and enjoying his time at the Agha Sajji Restaurant.
Junaid Ali, 69, is blowing up a balloon to sell it to a customer later.
The atmosphere around the Agha Sajji restaurant is that of a festival, friends have a laugh at old memories, families spend quality time with kids, young children play with the cars and balloons. In this hectic daily life, this restaurant is a perfect escape from all the problems of the world.
Mashook Ali, 47, works as a sweeper at burns road. He came from interior Sindh with the hopes of getting a respectable job in Karachi but his dreams were broken as job opportunities decreased because of covid and he was forced to work as a sweeper.
The cleaning services at the Burns Road are of highest quality, sweepers are always alert and present nearby to pick up the trash dropped by the people. Added to that Burns Road security guards are also present in the street to ensure that people enjoy a wonderful experience.