Normalcy starts returning to twin cities amid sit-ins

ISLAMABAD: People of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad have started coming back to their normal routine despite the ongoing sit-ins by Azadi and Inqalab marchers.The Azadi and Inqalab marches started from the Independence Day and disrupted the daily routine of people belonging to different walks of life, as they were unable to reach their offices or workplaces and concentrate on their work.The prolonged sit-ins of Azadi and Inqalab marchers in the capital have badly affected the daily life of students, patients, labourers, business community and others, inflicting huge loss to them. Asim Raza, working at a private firm said, “I was back to work from Monday despite few hurdles on the roads and traffic jams as it is not affordable to avail weeks-long holidays in private organisations.”Business and academic activities also started resuming in different areas of the twin cities, reviving the routine hustle and bustle.Shagufta Mahmood, a mother of three children said, “Both these marches have badly affected the academic routine of my children like all other students and ultimately they would not be able to cover their syllabus in time.”The authorities concerned must arrange extra classes for the students to help them cover their syllabus so that they could get good grades in the final exams, she opined.Jawad, a musician, said “Sit-ins of marchers in the capital have totally suspended cultural and musical activities in the twin cities for the last two weeks and it is difficult for my family to run household affairs without any other source of earning.”“Whenever, there is political rift in the country, artist community suffers the most as musical and cultural activities are only arranged in normal situations”, he said. Saeeda Kiran, a government employee, said, “It is difficult to concentrate on official work when uncertainty and sense of insecurity prevails.”She said, “I hope that the situation would get normal soon and the issues will be settled amicably.”

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