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Traders, residents face difficulties as sit-ins continue

ISLAMABAD: The small traders and labour community of the federal capital have expressed displeasure over the sit-ins of Pakistan Tehreek- e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) that have badly hampered their businesses and routine lives.People belonging to all walks of life have emphasized the need for a designated place in the capital for holding public meetings, rallies and long marches. Kashif Riaz, a shopkeeper at G-7 market said that there is a growing anger and resentment among the local citizens, who see their lives paralysed in the capital due to such sit-ins. “We are greatly perturbed as it was not yet clear, as how long the sit-ins would continue,” he added. Rahat Khan, a student at a government school said that the protests have spoiled his precious study time. Most of the parents, keeping in view the situation, have strictly advised their kids to only play indoor games rather than going out in parks and playgrounds. Meanwhile, the employees of various offices located in the Red Zone have been facing a lot of hardships in reaching their offices due to the sit-ins of PTI and PAT. Expressing displeasure over the sit-ins of PTI and PAT, the employees of various offices said that due to these activities, most of the people are facing problems in reaching their offices. An employee, Ahmed Ali said that the sit-ins have created hardships not only for them but also for most of the citizens of the capital. PTI lawyers:  PTI senior leader and former president Islamabad District Bar Association (IDBA) has said his party lawyers will oppose tooth and nail any ultra constitutional move. He said this during his meeting with a delegation of PTI Lahore chapter here Friday. He held that PTI demands are legal and constitutional and peaceful dharna being staged by it outside parliament house is as per articles 16, 17 and 19 of the constitution. He went on to say that no damage has been done during PTI dharna nor any harm has been caused to security forces. This shows that PTI is a democratic party and it will not support any undemocratic step. He held government should accept  the constitutional right of PTI and Nawaz Sharif should resign. 

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