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Residents express displeasure over PTI, PAT sit-ins

ISLAMABAD: The residents of the capital have expressed displeasure over the sit-ins of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), saying that it has disturbed their routine life.People belonging to all walks of life have emphasised the need for a designated place in the capital for holding public meetings, rallies, and long marches. In his comments, Islamabad Citizen Committee (ICC) President Ahmad Rana said that there is a growing anger and resentment among the local citizens, who see their lives paralysed in the capital due to the sit-ins. “Our comfort and normal activities have been put at stake, we are victims of the political agenda being persuaded by the two leaders,” he said. “We are greatly perturbed as it was not yet clear, as how long the sit-ins would continue. We are seriously concerned over the risk to our lives during the ongoing sit-ins,” he added.The other major area effected badly due to the current sit-ins is the education as the summer vacations in the institutions have been extended till the 24th. These institutions were scheduled to open on the 18th but the situation has caused sufferings for the students of the private and government schools and colleges. Muhammad Sameer, a student of class 10 at a government school said that the protests have spoiled his routine. Most of the parents have strictly advised their kids to depend on indoor games rather than going out due to the sit-ins.On the other hand, the environment-friendly place of Saidpur Village in the capital, which reflects the historical cultural heritage, has been witnessing a deserted look these days due to the current political scenario. The sit-ins organised by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) led by Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan have not only disrupted the routine life of the residents but the restaurants, markets, parks, and other recreational points of the city have also witnessed less visitors for the last few days.The Saidpur Village, which is a place of attraction for the foreigners as well as the local visitors, has been giving a deserted look for the last one week, due to the suspended recreational and cultural activities in the town. Saidpur Village is a tourist attraction place for many reasons, a little quaint village, famous for its pottery, is a part of the capital today. Saidpur was a garden resort and a perpetual spring that provided water for drinking and gardens. It was a place where cultural exhibitions and restaurants provided a great ambiance among the hills during the Mughal period.This project was then renovated into an attractive tourist destination by the Capital Development Authority (CDA), which developed the Saidpur Village into a tourist place where exhibits and restaurants provide a great view among the hills. The CDA carried out the development work through a project worth Rs 400 million to make this village a tourist-friendly place that included establishment of home cafes and handicraft bazaars, the restoration of a 150-year old temple, and the upgrading of services and the environment. The owners of the restaurants showed deep concerns over the current situation and said that the position on the other recreational points was the same and causing huge loss to their business. 

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