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PTI, PAT sit-ins halt cultural activities in the capital

ISLAMABAD: The consecutive nine-day sit-ins of PTI and PAT, led by Imran Khan, and Tahirul Qadri have effected the entertainment and cultural activities in the capital, which were the hallmark of this beautiful city.These sit-ins have disrupted the cultural activities of the city including exhibitions, festivals, mushairas, musical events, and other programmes. The residents preferred to remain in their houses due to the situation prevailing in the city and certain roads remained blocked these days, which also limits the activities of the people. The Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) and Lok Virsa officials said that no cultural programme had been organised in the councils since the Independence Day and was postponed due to the security risks, while majority of the art galleries in the city preferred to abandon their routine activities.“The protests have also effected the common people who are already suffering due to the prevailing price hike, load shedding, and other issues,” they said. Bilal Ahmad, a musician said that the sit-ins had totally disrupted the cultural and musical activities in the twin cities for the last ten days and the city has become a ‘ghost-town’ except points where these sit-ins were being held. “Whenever, there is a political rift in the country, the cultural and entertainment activities suffer the most as the musical and cultural activities are only arranged in normal situations,” he added. While talking to the media personnel, Ahsan Ali, a local resident and employee of a private organisation said, “These sit-ins have badly effected the daily lives of the students, patients, labourers, business community, and others, inflicting huge losses to them.” 

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