The capital city of Punjab—Lahore is all lightened up to welcome the players of the most thrilling Pakistan Super League, while the residents of the city living near the Qaddafi Stadium and the commuters have started complaining.
While the television programmes are filled with the visuals of the enthusiasts of the country and soldiers gearing up and taking their positions outside the stadium. The people living in the vicinity of the stadium are suffering because of the strict security measures.
As part of the security measures taken for the PSL-semi-finals, the streets and shops within a range of about three kilometres from the Qaddafi Stadium would be shut down. The traffic on the Ferozepur Road, beginning from the Muslim Town to Kalma Chowk and the Main Boulevard—Gulberg from Hafeez Centre to Kalma Chowk would be halted.
All the commuters who travel via these two roads on the routine basis would be paying the price for the cricket matches. All the business activities, shops and restaurants around the stadium, Siddique Trade Centre, Hafeez Centre and the Liberty Market would also be affected. The residents of the Garden Town, Barkat Market and Qaddafi Stadium areas would also suffer.
A class IX student who is residing near the stadium while talking to a local newspaper expressed his frustration saying that he had to travel to the Government Model High School for his exams, but he did not know how to make it to the school and back home without any problem. He added that the police officers positioned at the checkpoints are not allowing people to drive by or pass via the entrance points.
The policemen also showed their annoyance. Nisar Ahmed—Constable said that the police have been positioned on duty a day before which was unneeded. He further said that it becomes more annoying as we have to be on duty for an indefinite time. Long duty hours in sun along with unmet needs makes the officers unhappy.
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