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No goodnight sleep for security officials as marchers hold ground

ISLAMABAD: Due to prolonged sit-ins by PAT and PTI, the security personnel who have been deployed on the site are getting homesick.While talking to the media personnel, the police personnel said that they were not expecting that the protests would prolong for such a long time. They said that they have been out of their homes and home cities from almost two weeks. The security personnel said that they do not want any clash during the prevailing situation and hope that such decision would be taken which would be fair for the nation. They said that they do not feel happy when they have to start batten charge on the public, however sometimes circumstances compel them to do this.On the other hand, the broadcasting and other administrative matters of Radio Pakistan have been shifted temporarily from its headquarters to its old headquarters in Rawalpindi due to the PTI and PAT sit-ins. The employees of Radio Pakistan were directed not to go outside the headquarters during the first three days of the sit-ins. Later, the broadcasting system and other matters were shifted to the old headquarters located in Rawalpindi. The decision for shifting the matters to the old headquarters was taken under the orders of Radio Pakistan’s director general on the night when the Azadi and Inqilab marches entered the capital. Moreover, the life in the city has returned to normalcy except the Constitution Avenue and its adjacent areas. The protests had disrupted the daily routine of the citizens belonging from all walks of life as mostly people preferred to stay at their homes due to the blockage of the roads and they were unable to reach their offices or work places. Azam Ahmad, an employee of a private firm said, “I am back to work since from last week despite few hurdles on the roads and traffic jams as it is not affordable to avail weeks long holidays in private organisations.”“These sit-ins and protests always effect the common people, including labourers, business community, students, patients, and daily wagers inflicting huge loss to them. “These people are already suffering due to the prevailing price hike situation, load shedding and other issues,” he maintained. The business and academic activities have started opening in different areas of Rawalpindi, reviving the routine hustle and bustle of the cities while the educational institutions in the capital would open on September 1. Shehla Khatoon, a housewife and mother of three children said, “Both these marches have badly effected 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.

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