People voice concern over difficulties during protest demonstrations
ISLAMABAD: While expressing complete solidarity with the Christian community over the massacre in Peshawar during blasts at their Church, people belonging to a cross section of the society have appealed them to remain peaceful and not to resort to violence, hooliganism and blockade of roads and highways that lead to inconvenience to an overwhelming majority of people.
They pointed out that due to protests and resultant blockade of roads, several patients could not reach the hospital for urgent medical care and hundreds of others missed their flights on Monday. They referred to the death of a lady at the Express Way in Islamabad and grievous injuries to her son due to accident as the traffic was being diverted to service roads to clear the jam due to closure by the protestors.
Mohammad Saleem, a resident of I-10 Sector Islamabad told INP that on Sunday night the entire IPJ Principal Road was blocked from both sides and he had to spend hours near Katarian Market as the Christians were demonstrating right on the road. Some other commuters said they had to drive for hours to reach their destinations in Rawalpindi through link roads. They expressed their surprise as to why the Police and the Administration of Rawalpindi and Islamabad allowed the protestors to register their sufferings on roads only.
Civil Society activists said every Pakistani share the grief of the Christians but by indulging in such unnecessary violence, they loose the sympathies of the common man.
A senior government official who requested anonymity said in Lahore they received similar queries from a large number of people but are helpless to take action and prevent the protestors from coming on roads. He said every citizen consider it his fundamental right to agitate on every issue without recognizing that he was violating the rights of others.