Even Express Highway getting choked

ISLAMABAD: The commuters of the twin cities are facing traffic rush on the Express Highway due to strict security measures for ensuring the safety of the citizens and participants of the Azadi and Inqilab march.The government has imposed Section 144 as part of security measures due to reports of terrorist attacks by the intelligence agencies while the department concerned has taken special measures to avoid any untoward situation in the city. The commuters are facing problems due to the prolonged sit-in of Inqilab and Azadi march, which have paralysed the routine life in few parts of the city, especially the Red Zone. “Normally I reach my office in 20 minutes but for the last two weeks, it takes me around one hour to reach my office due to the traffic rush and extra security at the check posts,” said Asif Ali who works at a private office at Zero Point.He added that the humid weather has added fuel to the injury, as it is test of our nerves to travel and reach our destinations in almost double time with bumper-to-bumper traffic. A government employee, Sabir Hussain said that it takes him almost an hour to reach his destination due to the traffic rush. “What are the benefits of these marches for a common man except increasing their problems, leaving them with no option except to take long routes or stuck in traffic wasting fuel and having extra burden on our pockets,” he added. The business community in different areas of capital is specifically effected by these protests as the number of customers has reduced from the last two weeks and their sale graphs are constantly showing downward trends. The students are the main victims of these marches as their vacations have been extended for the third time and they have lost precious time of three weeks of their studies. 

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