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Business activities badly affected due to sit-ins of PTI, PAT

ISLAMABAD: The business activities of wedding halls have been badly affected due to the sit-ins of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).While talking to the media personnel, a booking manager of a local wedding hall said that they were expecting more business after Eidul Fitr but due to the protest rallies, their business had been badly affected. He said that in past, they were making good business, particularly after Eidul Fitr but due to the sit-ins, most of the people either delayed their marriages or shifted to their native towns to celebrate their weddings there, which is big loss for them.He said that they would request the district administration to allocate separate space for this kind of processions in the future. He claimed that several families had cancelled advance booking of the wedding halls due to these activities. Sanaullah, a resident of Sector G6 said that he arranged his son’s marriage in his hometown due to the sit-ins of PTI and PAT, adding that he faced a lot of problems in shifting all the arrangements in his hometown. He said that the political parties should resolve their problems in the parliament and avoid creating hurdles for the common men through such kind of sit-ins. On the other hand, due to the prolonged sit-in of PTI, party’s President Javed Hashmi got ill. Several ministers and leaders of various political parties on Tuesday visited the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) to inquire about the health of Hashmi.Those who visited the hospital included federal ministers Ehsan Iqbal and Khawaja Saad Rafiq besides central leaders, Mutahida Qaumi Movement’s Farooq Sattar and Babar Ghori, PML (N) leader Tehmina Doltana and head of Awami Muslim League Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad. Hashmi’s health condition is improving and he is getting the best medical care at the hospital, said PIMS spokesperson Wasim Khawaja on Tuesday. He added that Hashmi was admitted to the private ward of PIMS with complaints of dehydration, weak water intake, throat infection, and fever. He said that Hashmi was being given antibiotic medicines. His blood samples were sent to the laboratory to check whether he was carrying any infection, he added. He said that after doing his ECG, the doctors had cleared him of having any heart problem.Moreover, the citizens of the capital are facing terrible traffic jams as several entrance and exit points have been sealed due to the protests of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek. According to reports, several entrance points from Rawalpindi to Islamabad have been closed by placing containers and heavy vehicles on the roads due to which the pressure of traffic on specific open roads have increased. The movement of cars on these specific roads is very slow, especially on IJ Principal Road while the traffic flow is already disturbed on the Murree Road due to the metro bus project. 

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